Dave Brubeck Quartet

Friday, January 19, 2007 | 04:30 PM

Take_five One of my favorite Jazz musicians to chill out to after a harried week (like this one) is Dave Brubeck. Its perfect music to just kick back and relax.

Even if you don't know Brubeck, you probably know of him via the song Take Five. It was on the album Time Out, the first million selling jazz disc.

Take Five may be the single best known Jazz recording of all time (argue amongst yourselves whats better known in comments).

Brubeck is one of those rare musicians where you can just about randomly select anything he's recorded -- and its all pretty great.

Oberlin_1If you want some suggestions, I consider these my favorite Brubeck albums:

Time Out
Concord on a Summer Night   
Jazz at Oberlin
Live at the Berlin Philharmonie
Jazz at the College of the Pacific   

I even find his "goofy fun stuff" terrific -- check out Quiet as the Moon. It is his "Peanuts inspired" work, and except for a song or two, its not the actual Peanuts music (that was Vince Guaraldi doing the actual Peanuts recording, A Boy Named Charlie Brown).

Also worth checking out are Dave Digs Disney and Brubeck Plays Music From West Side Story. Simple, fun stuff.

Take Five

St Louis Blues 1961


Concord_jazzOther Videos Worth Checking Out:

 Blue Rondo a la Turk

Kathy's Waltz

Sounds of the Loop - 1964

St Louis Blues Brubeck Dave 1961

Strange Meadow Lark

Live At The Lincoln Center 1972    


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"Take Five may be the single best known Jazz recording of all time"

Bah. Not even close. "Kind of Blue" would hold that honor. I think Brubeck was a fair to middling artist. Mulligan added greatly to his efforts, but even then...ho hum. He doesn't even approach the level of Bill Evans, Miles, Coltrane, Jarrett, Tyner, Monk, Shorter, etc.

You want some lesser known, high quality stuff? Check out the Grant Green:Complete Quartets with Sonny Clark from '62.

Posted by: Alaskan Pete | Jan 19, 2007 4:17:28 PM

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