Five Takes on Dave (1920-2012)


Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

For as long as I’ve been playing jazz, people have been trying to pigeonhole me … Frankly, labels bore me.

Legendary beyond compare, brilliant beyond boundaries… five takes on the many shades of Brubeck

Blue Rondo a la Turk” – Time Out, 1959

Brubeck heard this unusual rhythm performed by Turkish musicians on the street. Upon asking the musicians where they got the rhythm, one replied This rhythm is to us, what the blues is to you.” Hence the title Blue Rondo à la Turk.”

Castilian Drums” featuring Joe Morello (Live) – Live at Carnegie Hall, 1963

Summer Songwith Louis Armstrong – Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A., 1957

“Bossa Nova USA” – Great Big Bands, 1962

Take Five(Live) – Germany, 1966


This was the first instrumental jazz album to sell over a million copies. Take Five” was even a number one hit on Billboard’s charts which is a serious feat for any jazz song (and any song in 5/4!). Brubeck used the rhythmic influences from Eastern Europe to create a very fresh sound previously unfound in jazz. The complex rhythms he uses sound very natural and are easy to listen to, probably the reason for his success. This one is guaranteed to please and intrigue its listeners. – The Jazz Resource

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