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Pianist Dave Brubeck was one of the biggest things to hit jazz since Charlie Parker, with a large crossover audience cultivated during tours of colleges. 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.

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Beautiful and Complex

It is the mixture of complexity, beauty, and spontaneity that makes this album genius. Time Out exhibits a variety of odd rhythmic meters (including 9/8 in Blue Rondo À la Turk) as well as a strange mixture of modes, yet the tunes flow so well. This work is not only highly original, but brilliantly pleasing to the ears.

Every Track is Five Stars

While Blue Rondo and Take Five are the big classics on this album, the other five tracks are just as good, if not even better. Strange Meadow Lark has a beautiful piano solo in the beginning, elaborating into a great melody for sax. Three to Get Ready is genius in that it's 6/8+4/4 meter feels so natural. Kathy's Waltz is cool because it combines 4/4 and 6/8 melodies together at the same time. Everybody's Jumpin and Pick Up Sticks are both in 6/4 time and are both superb.

A GREAT Jazz starter record

Along with "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis and "My Favorite Things" by John Coltrane, this is a fantastic record to begin a "jazz odyssey" of your own. If you don't like any of these songs, then you can forget about Jazz; stick with whatever else you're into. Peace


Born: December 6, 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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