Dave Brubeck

Born 6 December 1920. Died 5 December 2012.
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Dave Brubeck, arr Chris Brubeck: Blue Rondo a la Turk (UK Premiere)

The BBC Concert Orchestra perform Dave Brubeck's Blue Rondo a la Turk.

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David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's attempts at classical training and his improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures, and superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

His long-time musical partner, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, wrote the saxophone melody for the Dave Brubeck Quartet's best remembered piece, "Take Five", which is in 5/4 time and has endured as a jazz classic on one of the top-selling jazz albums, Time Out. Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 6/4, "Unsquare Dance" in 7/4, "World's Fair" in 13/4, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 9/8. He was also a respected composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television such as Mr. Broadway and the animated miniseries This Is America, Charlie Brown.

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  1. Review of Legacy of a Legend

    Legacy of a Legend 2010

    Reviewed by Kevin Le Gendre
    Brubeck’s post-bop sound bridged the fraying jazz factions of the 1950s.
  2. Review of Indian Summer

    Indian Summer 2007

    Reviewed by Charles De Ledesma
    Indian Summer is largely dull and repetitive, lacking in energy and innovation, and...
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