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Time Out: 50th Anniversary Feature

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Sep 9, 2009 Updated Oct 25, 2013

ABC Jazz has found some rare audio material of Dave Brubeck discussing the inception of his quartet's biggest triumph - the 1959 album Time Out.

With Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on alto, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums, the Dave Brubeck Quartet created an odd-metered experiment that went on to become one of the most celebrated recordings in jazz history.

From Paul Desmond's hit tune 'Take Five', to the haunting ballad 'Strange Meadow Lark', Time Out crossed over into the musical mainstream like no other modern jazz recording.  While the compositions provide a vehicle for the quartet to explore their fascination with time-changes, the band manages to remain swinging throughout.

Hear Dave Brubeck discuss the music that has made its way into the collective jazz psyche.

Interviews in this feature were sourced from the Columbia/Legacy release: Time Out (88697 39852 2)
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HIDDEN ERROR: Usage of "Associated_artists" is not recognized David Warren "Dave" Brubeck (December 6, 1920 - December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered to be one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. He wrote a number of jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting his mother's...

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Oct 1, 2009. 1:37pm
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On Oct 6, 2009. 8:22pm
davidp said

I had a good friend who described 'Take 5' as cliche. I argued "no, no... it's not cliche - it's YOU that is MAKING it cliche by not engaging with it, by not REALLY listening to it". we still disagree.

On Sep 29, 2009. 11:55am
Jack: Aged 11 said

Having played Take 5 so many times, this is very special and something I will bookmark.
This is a perfect example of how easy composing music can be.
Dave is an inspiration to all and "his music will live forever".

On Sep 17, 2009. 3:30am
gianni said

very important album for me
new concept of tempo 5/4 : 3/4 +4/4 etc
Take five - three to get rady
Joe Morello is great!!

On Sep 17, 2009. 3:18am
Gianni said

for me is a special album - all tracks are didascalic for music, tempo 5/4 signed 1960 for many musicians.

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