Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dave Brubeck (1920-2012)

Dave Brubeck, Cal Tjader, Ron Crotty, 1950

Last week's death of pianist, composer, and bandleader Dave Brubeck continues to be on my mind. So much so, that I have been working on a short series of weblog entries that I plan to publish these over the next few weeks. The focus will be on aspects of Brubeck that the ample coverage of his death may be overlooking in my humble estimation.

In the meantime, if you somehow missed the news, here's the New York Times obit.

For those of you that wish to dig deeper, I highly recommend this amazing interview with Brubeck conducted by Ted Panken in 2007. It focuses on his early years and is just fascinating.

May he rest in peace.


Anonymous said...

yes rip dave b...a giant

and a very interesting story...cattle ranchers son to milhaud..great stuff..has some seminal recordings..aside from the popular quartet stuff..and that band was insane great!!

happily, east coast-centric wkcr gave him 2 days...that says it all

i was raised in a home with brubeck lps..thank the gods

here' a particular fave...sublime & hip!!


honor the greats


Anonymous said...


but just found this

4 musicians at dizzying heights

and cool as .... too


desmond was a true force..& morello!



Nick Rossi said...

Thanks for posting. I wasn't hip to "Koto Song". It's very cool. Brubeck was my true introduction to jazz music and I have a very vivid memory of listening to "Strange Meadow Lark" on my Sony Discman c.1986. In fact, I plan to expand a bit some time in the next couple of weeks.