The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out/Time Further Out (CBS 22013) and Brandenburg Gate: Revisted (SBPG 62138)

RIP Dave Brubeck


Whispering hoarsely, Dave Brubeck uttered his last words on the eve of his 92nd birthday yesterday: “I wish I’d never even written that fucking ‘Take Five'”. Dismissing a track that, for fifty years had defined his career, represented the most popular number on jazz music’s first million-selling album and, for many, epitomized the cool essence of jazz itself, Brubeck called “Take Five” a “God-damned tweedle-dee millstone around my neck.” Unfortunately, the jazz pianist and composer passed away before assembled family and friends could point out that the song was actually written by his quartet’s saxophonist, Paul Desmond.


Editor’s note: Of the vinyl twofer containing Brubeck’s most popular album and its less successful follow-up, my father owned the former as well as the Quartet’s excellent orchestral Brandenburg Gate: Revisited Lp. Along with Back Country Suite by Mose Alison and a Columbia compilation of Louis Armstrong’s early Hot Fives recordings, these represent the young Asbo’s first exposure to the Jazz. I’ve managed to acquire copies of each as a grown-up, the Brubecks were thrifted and the other two bought retail, and rate them as highly as I did as a yout’ man.


Published in: on December 6, 2012 at 2:34 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. According to my mum “Take Five” was the first record I showed an interest in. I used to tug at her dress and say “fivers, mum” when it came on the radio (I would have been about 4 years old!). The 45 was one of the first records in our household, and it got many plays as did Blue Rondo on the B. I still have it.

    (I commented that on another blog, and I may have mentioned it before on mine, sorry if I sound like a broken record):

    RIP Dave. I like to think you were at least partly responsible for my musical taste, which I, of course, quite like!

    • I love the fact that you still have it.

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