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.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.