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  • RIP: Dave Brubeck

    One of the all-time greats with a sound all his own (well, and Paul Desmond's!)

    http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/art ... 093342.php

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    Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

    Too bad; he seemed pretty much timeless.

    (It's astonishing to realize that another 1950s giant, Sonny Rollins, is still performing.)

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    • #3
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      Brubeck takes 5.

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      • #4
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        I saw him at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1989. There aren't many from that era left, but luckily I got to see most of them.

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          I was able to meet Dave at a street festival in Winston-Salem-I believe it was 86 or 87. Very nice guy-I am not much of an autograph seeker but I did get his-now if I can only find it. Joe Morello (a few friends of mine were lucky enough to study under JM) also passed away March of 2011. Dave was an amazing musician and despite Desmond's wishes at that time, he invited Joe in (to play along bassist Eugene Wright) and featured him as a frequent soloist and later Paul and Joe were very good friends. Dave and the DBQ one of the very best groups.

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          • #6
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            Take 5 really turned me into a Jazz fan and Brubeck has been one my top 2 favorites ever since, along with Miles Davis. I have been paying Time Out several times today. Unfortunately it's the only Brubeck CD album I own. Got lots of records but my turn-table has been shot for a long time.

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            • #7
              Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

              Originally posted by Per Andersen
              Take 5 really turned me into a Jazz fan and Brubeck has been one my top 2 favorites ever since, along with Miles Davis.
              Brubeck was the gateway drug for a lot of folks who became jazz fans in his wake.

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              • #8
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                An interesting note is that Cordner Nelson and Dave Brubeck were friends (not best of friends) at the College of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Cordner was a couple of years ahead of Dave and I believe Cordner graduated from the college while Dave transferred and did not graduate from the College of the Pacific.

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                • #9
                  Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

                  [quote=bad hammy]
                  Originally posted by "Per Andersen":o1fs7ly3
                  Take 5 really turned me into a Jazz fan and Brubeck has been one my top 2 favorites ever since, along with Miles Davis.
                  Brubeck was the gateway drug for a lot of folks who became jazz fans in his wake.[/quote1fs7ly3]

                  Exactly. The first step to Miles, Coltrane, and all those "classics" as well as toward an even more challenging realm: Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, etc.

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                  • #10
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                    [quote=kuha][quote=bad hammy][quote="Per Andersen":3tqe029u]Take 5 really turned me into a Jazz fan and Brubeck has been one my top 2 favorites ever since, along with Miles Davis.[/quote]
                    Brubeck was the gateway drug for a lot of folks who became jazz fans in his wake.[/quote]

                    Exactly. The first step to Miles, Coltrane, and all those "classics" as well as toward an even more challenging realm: [b]Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor[/b], etc.[/quote:3tqe029u]
                    I'm guessing that Coleman and Taylor are over the heads of most of the folks on this board as well as post-1965 Coltrane. That music was as cerebral as Brubeck's music was visceral.

                    EDIT: For those of you who are unfamiliar with this genre, check out the title track from [u]Song X[/u], Ornette Coleman's critically acclaimed 1986 collaboration with Pat Metheny.

                    [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d66Ytt2g7ns"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d66Ytt2g7ns[/url]

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                    • #11
                      Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

                      The worst snobs that I've come across of any genre (art, sport, $$, music, class, etc) in my life were jazz snobs. No other group comes close and this thread only solidifies that observation.

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                      • #12
                        Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

                        Originally posted by preston
                        The worst snobs that I've come across of any genre (art, sport, $$, music, class, etc) in my life were jazz snobs. No other group comes close and this thread only solidifies that observation.
                        While I will concede that jazz has its share of snobs, I think they have a long way to go to catch up with political snobs - does "47%" ring a bell? And as someone who lives right in the heart of SEC country, and arguably the most fertile breeding grounds for jazz musicians in the nation, SEC football snobs irk me a helluva lot more than jazz snobs.

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by jazzcyclist
                          Originally posted by preston
                          The worst snobs that I've come across of any genre (art, sport, $$, music, class, etc) in my life were jazz snobs. No other group comes close and this thread only solidifies that observation.
                          While I will concede that jazz has its share of snobs, I think they have a long way to go to catch up with political snobs - does "47%" ring a bell? And as someone who lives right in the heart of SEC country, and arguably the most fertile breeding grounds for jazz musicians in the nation, SEC football snobs irk me a helluva lot more than jazz snobs.
                          Jazz, I hear you and I'm one of those SEC snobs, but SEC fans don't come close. Matter of fact, jazz snobs that I know readily admit that they're snobs and snootily air their superiority (a good friend is a jazz pianist and he laughs every time I say it because he BELIEVES jazz people are just better. Smarter. Classier. You name it...better! :lol: ). I think of Miles' stage presence or Marsalis' arrogance or even a friends DISMISSAL of bands and performers not worthy of who HE considered jazzmen and its unbelievably staggering how arrogant jazz snobs are. And, I use it as a compliment.

                          Jazz, you're a jazz snob (as is every other jazz person I know). Accept it. Brubeck would :wink:

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                          • #14
                            Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

                            [quote=jazzcyclist][quote=kuha][quote=bad hammy][quote="Per Andersen":4s9l9zpc]Take 5 really turned me into a Jazz fan and Brubeck has been one my top 2 favorites ever since, along with Miles Davis.[/quote]
                            Brubeck was the gateway drug for a lot of folks who became jazz fans in his wake.[/quote]

                            Exactly. The first step to Miles, Coltrane, and all those "classics" as well as toward an even more challenging realm: [b]Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor[/b], etc.[/quote]
                            I'm guessing that Coleman and Taylor are over the heads of most of the folks on this board as well as post-1965 Coltrane. That music was as cerebral as Brubeck's music was visceral.

                            EDIT: For those of you who are unfamiliar with this genre, check out the title track from [u]Song X[/u], Ornette Coleman's critically acclaimed 1986 collaboration with Pat Metheny.

                            [url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d66Ytt2g7ns"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d66Ytt2g7ns[/url][/quote:4s9l9zpc]

                            I don't get your point. Most of EVERYTHING is "over the heads" of most people (including me). I was simply pointing out that Brubeck, or any other entry point in this genre, can--and often does--lead to all sorts of discoveries. There's nothing negative or off-putting about that.

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                            • #15
                              Re: RIP: Dave Brubeck

                              Originally posted by kuha
                              I don't get your point. Most of EVERYTHING is "over the heads" of most people (including me). I was simply pointing out that Brubeck, or any other entry point in this genre, can--and often does--lead to all sorts of discoveries. There's nothing negative or off-putting about that.
                              My point was that most of the people who try Dave Brubeck (marijuana) don't end up on Cecil Taylor (heroin) and Ornette Coleman (LSD) which is what I thought you were implying. I wasn't saying that there's something wrong with folks who don't advance to the more esoteric forms of jazz. No one has an obligation to listen to music that doesn't sound good, and "good" is in the ears of the beholder.

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