Dave Brubeck, nonperil at this point in time . . .


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Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 3, 2012 - 12:40am PT
mountain dog

Trad climber
over the hills and far away
Sep 3, 2012 - 12:59am PT
Possibly the very first music I ever remember consciously hearing. My old man played him at home and would take me to the bar with him and give me coins to play music on the juke box and play pinball. I always played Take Five an Blue Rondo ala Turk. It gave me a thrill to shake the hand of Dave and his bassist Jack Six in 1990.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
Sep 3, 2012 - 01:05am PT
Love Brubeck.

My dad use to play at the Red Onion in Aspen BITD and had the opportunity to play with Brubeck a few times, as well as Oscar Peterson and several other greats.

Some of my earliest memories are of his music, so you can imagine my joy when my eldest daughter back about the time she was 13 came home from school and said, "Hey dad listen to what I just learned." and proceeded to play on her Sax an fine rendition of Take Five.

cool stuff

A long way from where I started
Sep 3, 2012 - 01:22am PT
Watching them is too weird. They look like four partners in an accounting firm. Listening with eyes closed, then opening them and looking is bizarre.

But those guys were beyond good. It was cool to put them down back then, because they weren't black enough to be playing that music, but they played it as well as anybody.

And in terms of understanding rhythm and complex time signatures, maybe better than anybody.
The Warbler

the edge of America
Sep 3, 2012 - 01:34am PT
Music to my ears.

Tks JL
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Vancouver Canada
Sep 3, 2012 - 02:24am PT
That is 32 minutes that will be added to my life ! ! !

Thanks so much John for bringing that to the surface.

I've put up with tinnitus for years while loving music and have to say that the primitive modulation of this recording is superior to anything modern. I enjoyed fully the piano music without battling a ringing in my ears.

Thanks, man !
Fish Finder

Social climber
Sep 3, 2012 - 10:46am PT

Brubeck and Previn changed my musical appreciation views forever !

Sep 3, 2012 - 10:58am PT
Nice music but I generally can't listen to it. Just a personal taste thing but brings to mind some dude walking in manhattan waiting for the light to turn green before crossing the road. Why?


edit. I know, because he's a west coaster...ba dump bump.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Sep 3, 2012 - 11:11am PT
I liked the smile on the base players face as he watched the drummer soloing...
Patrick Sawyer

Originally California now Ireland
Sep 3, 2012 - 11:12am PT
One of the best at Desmond's 'Take Five'. I have several Brubeck CDs.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Sep 3, 2012 - 11:37am PT

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 3, 2012 - 12:58pm PT
Randisi, Brubeck has always been beyond the peril.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 3, 2012 - 01:02pm PT

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 3, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
Make that, nonpareil. I was just back from Norway and jet lagged as sh#t.


Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Sep 3, 2012 - 01:51pm PT
French origin

Unequalled, without parallel

Social climber
Sep 3, 2012 - 02:02pm PT
Saw Dave & some family in the Big Easy BITD.

Dave Brubeck ≈ Blue Rondo A La Turk

To some folks jazz is like their carbo magneto has jumped time; to me (and others, obviously) it is pure pleasure.

Another favorite:

Dave Brubeck ≈ Unsquare Dance

Social climber
Vancouver, BC
Sep 3, 2012 - 04:34pm PT
The drum solo by Joe Morello at the end kicks ass.

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 3, 2012 - 05:30pm PT
I played trumpet in Brubeck's first band. Paul Ryan played the piccolo with us.

Take Five, Take Ten, Take it to the limit one more time

My sister's boyfriend had a bunch of Brubeck records, but I really never got too far beyond Take Five.

He was competing with:

Theme from Peter Gunn from easier to understand if ya know what I mean


Social climber
Sep 3, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
I was in his platoon, Patton's 3rd Army (26th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division) in WWII. He was in a fox hole with me until they yanked him to play a Red Cross Show.


Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 3, 2012 - 07:52pm PT
thankfully neither of you was injured.

From 1942-1944, Brubeck served in the Army during World War II. While in service, he led the Wolf Pack Band

“I am primarily a jazz composer. Most of us don’t even like the word jazz—Ellington didn’t like it, Stan Kenton didn’t like it. It’s really an extension of what Bach and Mozart did every day: improvise. Bach improvised every Sunday. Classical music shouldn’t abandon it. The composers most likely to live on from the 20th century are Ives, Copland, Bernstein, Ellington, Gershwin and all the people wise enough to use jazz, like they were.” – Dave Brubeck

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