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

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zBrown

Ice climber
chingadero de chula vista
Sep 3, 2012 - 04:52pm 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 - 07:00pm PT
Loved the Take-Five clip. Thanks Ed. I believe that was a Paul Desmond creation, right?
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Sep 3, 2012 - 08:41pm 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 - 07:14pm 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 - 07:24pm 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 - 07:39pm 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 - 08:41pm 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 - 05:00am 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 6, 2012 - 09:56pm PT
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Dec 7, 2012 - 07:40am PT
Thanks for everything.
lostinshanghai

Social climber
someplace
Dec 7, 2012 - 03:12pm 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 - 06:33pm 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 - 09:02am 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 - 11:47am 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 - 01:44pm 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 - 01:51pm 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 - 02:25pm 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 - 02:29pm PT
It's not a zero sum game, boys.
johntp

Trad climber
socal
Dec 8, 2012 - 08:47pm PT
The man put out some great tunes. RIP Dave.
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