Dave Takes Five Forever

Portrait of Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond

As I was listening to NPR this morning, they interrupted their broadcast with  the news that Jazz Icon Dave Brubeck has died of heart failure this morning just a day shy of his 92nd birthday.  He was en route to his cardiologist.

Brubeck’s music tends to go round and round in your head once you’ve heard it. On a gloomy day, his Take Five piece never fails to poke and prod until I’m tap-tapping my feet and I feel a lightening in my mood.  Even my outlook.  I’ve been playing that song for so many years that I have vivid memories whenever I chance upon it on the radio.  The rhythm is certainly unique (as are his other pieces).  It’s played in 5/4 time.

I play his music in my car, when I’m in the kitchen cooking, when we’re eating out on the back porch, while I’m reading or working on some documents, feeding my daughter when she was little, or taking a break from reviewing for the boards.  It’s been a part of my day-to-day as far as I can remember.

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The music starts with the piano and percussion setting the stage for the saxophone to carry the lofty melody that’s unmistakable once you hear it streaming through and you can’t help but tap, sway, snap, nod your head in agreement. Yeah!  Cool!

Watch Dave play Take Five on YouTube with Paul Desmond.

Thank you, Dave, for your wonderful pieces.  May you rest in peace!  Your music will live on!

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14 Responses to Dave Takes Five Forever

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  2. frizztext says:

    Dave made an everlasting landmark of jazz music with his 5/4!
    Once a friend of mine, Andrey Shilov from Ukraine,
    played this composition on my Gibson guitar:



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  6. auntyuta says:

    Take Five is my favorite piece too. Strangely enough Peter just put this piece of music on. While I was listening to it I came across this post. What a coincidence!


  7. eof737 says:

    RIP Dave… I was surprised to hear he had died.


  8. Sorry to hear about his passing. His music and legacy lives on always.


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