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Editors’ Notes

Pianist Dave Brubeck was one of the biggest things to hit jazz since Charlie Parker, with a large crossover audience cultivated during tours of universities. One of jazz’s most popular albums ever, this tour de force is anchored by Paul Desmond’s “Take Five” (in swinging 5/4 time) and the electrifying “Blue Rondo À la Turk”, which fuses dazzling classical chops and an assured sense of swing with Turkish folk music. Never has jazz seen a better meeting of accessible melody and sophisticated musical ideas.


Born: 06 December 1920 in Concord, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the 1950s and '60s, few American jazz artists were as influential, and fewer still were as popular, as Dave Brubeck. At a time when the cooler sounds of West Coast jazz began to dominate the public face of the music, Brubeck proved there was an audience for the style far beyond the confines of the in-crowd, and with his emphasis on unusual time signatures and adventurous tonalities, Brubeck showed that ambitious and challenging music could still be accessible. And as rock & roll began to dominate...
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