05 December 2012
"Take Five" - the Dave Brubeck Quartet, 1966
Brubeck at the piano, Paul Desmond on alto sax.
"Time Out" was probably the first jazz album I ever purchased, back in about 1962. I've embedded the signature piece ("Take Five") above, selecting a 1966 Berlin performance. There's also a 1972 version here.
The album, released in 1959, was revolutionary for its era because of the unusual times used in many of the pieces. Blue Rondo a la Turk (video here) "starts in 9/8 (the rhythm of the Turkish zeybek, equivalent of the Greek zeibekiko), but with the unorthodox subdivision pattern of 2+2+2+3 (the normal pattern for 9/8 is 3+3+3), and the saxophone and piano solos are in 4/4."
Reposted from 2009 to note the death announced today of Dave Brubeck, age 91. There's a nice biography of him at the StarTribune (and probably everywhere else today).
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