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What will you remember Dave Brubeck for?

Asked by bookish1 (13069 points ) December 7th, 2012

I just learned today that he died two days ago! What are your favorite works by him? Have any jellies been lucky enough to see him perform?

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Linda_Owl's avatar

No, I was not fortunate enough to see him perform, but I am very familiar with his music. I will remember him for creating Jazz music that I could enjoy.

bookish1's avatar

I just heard on the Diane Rehm (sp?) show that when segregated venues asked him to perform with an all-white band, he told them to piss off. Awesome!

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Two of his pieces, Take Five and Blue Rondo a la Turk, were showed me that there were other time signatures out there besides 2/4, ¾ and 4/4. I realize Brubeck did not technically compose “Take Five” (it was Paul Desmond, his saxophonist) but it became the his quartet’s signature. I saw him perform with his sons (Two Generations) in the mid 1970’s.

zensky's avatar

Honestly – only take five – however, as a non Jazz lover – it is a piece which is indelibly ingrained in my mind.

livelaughlove21's avatar

This question. I’d never heard of him before today.

Kardamom's avatar

Take 5 reminds me of everything that is from the mid-century with regards to smooth clean style. I’m not a big jazz fan either, but Dave Brubeck’s music is just so yummy and relaxing and playful at the same time.

bookish1's avatar

@livelaughlove21 : Look him up on Youtube. Take Five is a very good place to start. You might have heard the song before.

wundayatta's avatar

He taught me to count in five, seven and nine. Thanks, man!

janbb's avatar

He made jazz accessible to me. “Take 5” and “Blue Rondo a la Turque.”

Tropical_Willie's avatar

A concert at a church hall in Connecticut in 1964, a couple hundred people by invitation only. High school buddy got tickets for 4 people. Went with him and his Mom and our Sociology teacher.

hearkat's avatar

I like Jazz, but can’t possibly keep track of artists and song titles. So Take Five is the only piece I know by Brubeck. When I was 15, my mom took one of my brothers and I camping in New England. We saw him perform on that trip – it may have been at Tanglewood – but I don’t remember the performance. I liked it well enough, but I was probably preoccupied with worry about what my boyfriend was doing in my absence.

burntbonez's avatar

He was a great musician and composer. I own his most famous recording. I don’t own a lot of music, so that says something.

zenvelo's avatar

He was cool in the way only a few jazz players could ever be cool. Not cool like the Beatles were cool, and in a way that Elvis was never cool, but just cool. Cool beans.

livelaughlove21's avatar

@bookish1 I checked it out. Can’t say I recognize it. I’m not big on jazz, so that probably explains it.

Sunny2's avatar

Take Five, of course. I even learned a tap routine to it, which was great fun.

cookieman's avatar

Linus and Lucy, the sort-of theme song for the Peanuts Gang. Also, the song that introduced me jazz in general.

hearkat's avatar

@cookieman: Linus and Lucy is the Vince Guaraldi Trio.

cookieman's avatar

@hearkat: Yes, but Dave Brubeck did a version of it – which is the first version I heard outside of the Peanuts Cartoon. My Uncle David (an amateur jazz pianist himself) played it for me. I didn’t learn Vince Guaraldi wrote it until years later.

Kardamom's avatar

Here is a version of Linus and Lucy done by Dave Brubeck.

hearkat's avatar

I did not know that. Thanks, @cookieman and @Kardamom!

cookieman's avatar

Thanks @Kardamom. You are welcome @hearkat.

hearkat's avatar

Now that I’ve had a chance to listen to it, I prefer the original; but this was fun—I do love the jazz flute!

mazingerz88's avatar

Before I post my actual answer, may I take five-? : )

Kardamom's avatar

@livelaughlove21 I’m really surprised that you’ve never heard of Dave Brubeck. He’s one of biggies of the music world, even if you don’t like (or don’t yet know that you like) jazz. I too, didn’t really appreciate jazz until I was in my 30’s, but I certainly knew who Dave Brubeck was even when I was a little kid, in the 1960’s.

When I was your age, I knew all about musicians and actors that were way before my time like Duke Ellington and Scott Joplin and Laurel and Hardy and Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra and and The Ink Spots and Rosemary Clooney and Billie Holliday and Astrud Gilberto (actually she was extremely popular when I was about 3 years old, but I adore her). You should look into these people, it will change your life.

These are some of the images that I’ve always conjered up when listening to Dave Brubeck:

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Jackie Kennedy-style fashion

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The original Get Smart TV series.

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Amoeba shaped coffee tables

Kidney shaped swimming pools

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