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

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Largo

Sport climber
The Big Wide Open Face
Topic Author's Original Post - Sep 3, 2012 - 12:40am PT
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cA5UEGKZoGA&feature=related
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

climber
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
Ghost

climber
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

climber
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
THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART
Sep 3, 2012 - 10:46am PT


Brubeck and Previn changed my musical appreciation views forever !
pc

climber
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.
rottingjohnny

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

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

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

Social climber
Zakynthos
Sep 3, 2012 - 12:08pm PT
I'm just a stupid oldschool rocker/metalhead throwback from the 80's, but that is great John!! Youtube can be such a heaven or hell experience.
Reilly

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
Largo

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.

JL
apogee

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

Unequalled, without parallel
Tobia

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc34Uj8wlmE
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:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_yExwkQYcp0
Dave Brubeck ≈ Unsquare Dance
Relic

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

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


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wK-b5PLhrEI
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Sep 3, 2012 - 06:04pm PT
zb,
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.


zBrown

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


Dave Davis

Social climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 3, 2012 - 10:00pm PT
Loved the Take-Five clip. Thanks Ed. I believe that was a Paul Desmond creation, right?
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Sep 3, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
zb,
We both were awarded the Purple Heart for trench foot. I received two, one for "trench mouth".
After graduating in 1942, Brubeck was drafted into the army and served overseas in George Patton's Third Army. He was spared from service in the Battle of the Bulge when he volunteered to play piano at a Red Cross show; he was such a hit he was ordered to form a band.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Sep 10, 2012 - 10:14pm PT
Listening to Take the A Train inannother window rite now. The connectedness of the musicians is remarkable. Thanks for this thread !
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Sep 10, 2012 - 10:24pm PT
I don't always listen to emasculated jazz, but when I do, I listen to Brubeck
Gary

Social climber
Monza by the streetlight
Sep 10, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
The drum solo by Joe Morello at the end kicks ass.

He was a violin prodigy and a genius on the drum. He's really under-rated.

And Brubeck's comment about Bach and jazz is spot on. If Bach were living today he'd be playing jazz.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 10, 2012 - 11:41pm PT
All I know is Brubeck is cool. UOP. Only hot people in Stockton now, though. Lost their cool.

Thanks from the bass of my heart, John.

This is a perfect lay-me-down night-night. Cool.

Edit:
this may seem really dumb, but I was confused mentally for a moment when I tried to come up in my mental imagination the theme to Peter Gunn. Now I find I'm mentally thinking of the theme from the 1960s Batman series with word and theme by Neal Hefti. One word, one bass line.

Hate to call you a party pooper, zBrown, but now I can't get it out of my noggin. Do something before I go mental. Is there a Batman inhibitor in the house?
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Dec 6, 2012 - 08:00am PT
zb, I am saddened by the loss of my brother in arms; am posting of some edited peter wolf lyrics (written for thoughts along another line) but work here:

I feel the passing in the teardrops
I see shadows everywhere
But I still do carry on
Though there's a lot of good ones gone
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 12:56am PT
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 10:40am PT
Thanks for everything.
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
Dec 7, 2012 - 06:12pm PT
Mouse & zBrown,

"Edit:
this may seem really dumb, but I was confused mentally for a moment when I tried to come up in my mental imagination the theme to Peter Gunn. Now I find I'm mentally thinking of the theme from the 1960s Batman series with word and theme by Neal Hefti. One word, one bass line.

Hate to call you a party pooper, zBrown, but now I can't get it out of my noggin. Do something before I go mental. Is there a Batman inhibitor in the house?"

Here is "The Gunn Guitar": Bob Bain used it the original recording as well in the Pink Panther movies, Batman and The Munsters TV Series.



Credit: lostinshanghai





'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 7, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
Last night at the jazz gig in Toronto, this black guy walks up to the mic and says he wants to sing Take Five in memory of Dave. One of the two guitar players looked a bit flummoxed at the 6 flat key signature, but I was sitting in front of the piano and said, "I can play that!"

After the verse, when we opened for solos, I shouted "bridge!" at the appropriate moment - perhaps not a bad idea when there 16 identical bars in a row!

I, um, left my trombone sitting on its stand for that little number. Need to practise a wee bit more, at least at the tempo buddy was singing it.
zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Dec 8, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
lostinshanghai

Don't listen to this. Once it's it your head you can't get it back out.





Patrick Oliver

Boulder climber
Fruita, Colorado
Dec 8, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
Most people don't realize Dave was an excellent classical musician,
and many tried to encourage him to go that route. But he loved jazz.
Many of my good friends who are classical musicians can also play
jazz very well. I started out as a jazz saxophone player with
classicl beginnings and played in
various bands until I finally took up piano and songwriting. Really
the various genres are more connected than most realize.
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Dec 8, 2012 - 04:44pm PT
I'm with ms55401: Emasculated...Brubeck did for Jazz what Elvis did for rock and roll. Made it accessible to white audiences which was a good thing. But the music was hardly nonpareil at any point in time. Coltrane's take on 5/4 (My Favorite Things) makes Desmonds Take Five (which I like) look like the watered down cool jazz that it is. Some good music though. Ben Ratliff's "John Coltrane: The Story Of Sound" is a great read and has a sound argument of what many have pointed out; That jazz died the day Coltrane did. I think Largo also posted a Coltrane thread? I'd like to know why Largo thinks Brubeck is nonpareil......
'Pass the Pitons' Pete

Big Wall climber
like Ontario, Canada, eh?
Dec 8, 2012 - 04:51pm PT
Holy frig, wstmrnclmr...

Have you been drinking, or just a brain fart?

My Favourite Things is a jazz waltz, in 3/4 not 5/4 time. I was just playing it on the piano an hour ago, trying to figure out the open voicings for solos on the E dorion.

However, I emphatically agree that Trane's version is the gold standard.
wstmrnclmr

Trad climber
Bolinas, CA
Dec 8, 2012 - 05:25pm PT
Pass the Piton...So effin right. Wrong tune brain fart indeed. Replace My Favorite (still makes anything by Brubeck look pedestrian) with "Nature Boy" off the seminal "The John Coltrane Quartet Plays". I hate getting old...
Gary

Social climber
Right outside of Delacroix
Dec 8, 2012 - 05:29pm PT
It's not a zero sum game, boys.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 8, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
The man put out some great tunes. RIP Dave.
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