dave brubeck (1920-2012)

RIP, Dave Brubeck, a titan in the history of American music.

His best-known work is the ubiquitous “Take Five.”

I had a jazz teacher in college who was forever in awe of Brubeck’s ability to make 5/4 time swing. I was always partial to “Blue Rondo à la Turk,” which plays with a 9/8 time signature by feeling the meter as 2+2+2+3 for three measures followed by one measure of 3+3+3, repeat, before alternating 9/8 and 4/4 and then going into a straight 4/4.

Good stuff.


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