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Farewell Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck
Dec 6, 2012 Updated Aug 11, 2013

Revolutionary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck has passed away aged 91, after suffering heart failure in Norwalk Connecticut.

Brubeck become one of the most recognisable figures in jazz, during a career spanning more than 70 years.  His fusion of classical piano technique and jazz improvisation was the hallmark of his distinctive sound, as well as compositions that pioneered the use of odd-meters in jazz.

Brubeck fronted the cover of Time magazine in 1954, only the second jazz musician to be given this accolade (after Louis Armstrong).  His 1959 album Time Out saw his pop stardom further increase, presenting tunes such as 'Take 5' and 'Blue Rondo a la Turk', among the most recognisable in jazz.

See a 50th anniversary feature on Dave Brubeck's Time Out here.

See a performance by Dave Brubeck at the Sydney Opera House in 1973 here.

Brubeck was awarded many honours during his career including a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Hall of Fame Award from Downbeat and the US National Endowment for the Arts Medal.

He is survived by his wife, Iola and five children.

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On Dec 6, 2012. 2:26pm
Anonymouse said

Saw him with his two sons at the Opera house in the 1970's - Two generations of Brubeck. A great show.

On Dec 7, 2012. 2:34pm
Jon Tourle said

I cannot recall anyone singing with The Dave Brubeck Trio,
Can anyone advise me otherwise, with details please.

On Dec 8, 2012. 4:25pm
Harry Monty said

Re Jon Tourle's query, the Dave Brubeck Quartet made a recording with Jimmy Rushing in the 1960s.

Dave's death is a great loss to the Jazz Community.

Best regards

On Dec 13, 2012. 10:19am
Brian C said

Re Harry Monty's comment - was this a whole set / album? I have one track "There'll Be Some Changes Made" recorded 29 Jan 1960 according to the sleeve notes, on a compilation CD "The Essential Dave Brubeck". Take Five was the first 45 I ever bought!

On Dec 14, 2012. 9:00pm
Harry Monty said

Brian C.

The Brubeck & Rushing album was first issued in 1960 and I note that it was reissued in 1998 and is available at Amazon.com. It has also been reissued on Avid as part of 'Jimmy Rushing Four Classic Albums plus' (www.avidgroup.co.uk). By the way I've just purchased this from Avid for Xmas.

Hope this helps.

Best regards


On Dec 15, 2012. 3:09pm
Ana Z said

The Dave Brubeck Trio and Quartet recorded a couple of albums with Carmen McRae, "Take Five - Live At Basin Street" and "Tonight Only!", and she appears again with the trio along with the Louis Armstrong band and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross for a Dave and Iola Brubeck musical production called "The Real Ambassadors". Each were released by Columbia Records and are still available - though the live album is expensive as it's out of print, but it can still be easily found.
I hope this also helps.

On Feb 15, 2013. 9:01pm
Janet said

I have been a fan of his too since I heard him playing in 1950's when I was working at Kogarah.

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