Dave Brubeck: Classic [Update December 2012 - RIP]

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The man is 84 years old and doesn't walk very well but STILL plays the piano like a twentysomething possessed by God. Unbelieveable.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 12 August 2004 15:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I agree that he is, Classic.

the bellefox, Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:13 (sixteen years ago) link

I also appreciate the fact that he uses his kids in his band.

Avi (Avi), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:16 (sixteen years ago) link

What's a good starting point for him, anyway? Some single or double-disc thing, say.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:24 (sixteen years ago) link

I am most familiar with the _Take Five_ album which has the astonishing title track and "Blue Rondo a la Turk".

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:25 (sixteen years ago) link

You can also pick up a recording of his cantata "The Gates Of Justice"; I just sang in that (yesterday!) and it's a phenomenal piece of music.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:26 (sixteen years ago) link

all of the time-related records are great. I think they were recently remastered/reissued on CD?

I saw him perform "Gates of Justice" a few years ago in SF and it was fantastic.

Avi (Avi), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:33 (sixteen years ago) link

i love "dave plays disney"

Sir Chaki McBeer III (chaki), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:34 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm fond of an early 70s live album called "We're All Together Again (For the First Time)". It's got Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond, and Alan Dawson (Tony Williams's teacher!) tears it up on Take Five.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:39 (sixteen years ago) link

5-4=unity

fred onis, Thursday, 12 August 2004 16:59 (sixteen years ago) link

"You can also pick up a recording of his cantata "The Gates Of Justice"; I just sang in that (yesterday!) and it's a phenomenal piece of music.
-- VengaDan Perry (djperr...), August 12th, 2004."


I was there! I'm not proud of the review I wrote, but if it got across the point that it was awesome then it was good enough.


Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Thursday, 12 August 2004 17:00 (sixteen years ago) link

!!!

HOORAY! Dave Brubeck was kind of godly, wasn't he?

(Be honest; what did you think of the chorus?)

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 12 August 2004 17:30 (sixteen years ago) link

Godly, but in the George-Burns-as-God kind of way. The tottering walk, the permanent half-smile (the conductor was cracking him up), the pants hiked up to his chest. But man, can he and his band still play.

The chorus was fine, but coulda used a little more punch in the bass section. Whether that means better bass singers or just more of them, I don't pretend to know.

Are you going to any of the festival?

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Thursday, 12 August 2004 17:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I love Take Five.

Jimmybommy JimmyK'KANG (Nick Southall), Thursday, 12 August 2004 18:14 (sixteen years ago) link

I'm not planning on being at anything else at the festival as that would involve buying tickets and I am BROKE AS A JOKE.

Speaking as one of the basses onstage, I'm relieved that that's the worst criticism! It's always tough singing stuff like that because you always lose the lower voices (esp bass ESP when most of your bass section are actually baritones and don't have huge lower ranges).

The group did that piece on something like four weeks of rehearsal, with the ringers from Boston getting the last week and a half, so I'm just happy we didn't completely crash and burn.

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Thursday, 12 August 2004 18:17 (sixteen years ago) link

Could anyone really say "dud"? I should hope fucking not.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, 12 August 2004 18:51 (sixteen years ago) link

His drummers say his time isn't the best.

Jordan (Jordan), Thursday, 12 August 2004 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

He made an album with Anthony Braxton! All the Things You Are from '74 on Atlantic, Braxton on alto, pretty good as I recall but I need to pull it out again. Not all that surprising a pairing either, given AB's oft-professed love of Desmond.

I think Brubeck was on "Piano Jazz" last Sunday, but I missed it. I can never get up that early.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:05 (sixteen years ago) link

actually, check that, I just looked at the PJ site and I don't think he was. I think I maybe got him mixed up with the Jim Hall show.

Monetizing Eyeballs (diamond), Thursday, 12 August 2004 19:10 (sixteen years ago) link

Dan, you'll be glad to know that at last night's gala Brubeck not only pronounced his accompanists, including the chorus, "great" (so what do I know?), but called the Wednesday concert "one of the great events of my life."

Rick Massimo (Rick Massimo), Friday, 13 August 2004 17:07 (sixteen years ago) link

*cue loads and loads of insufferability from Dan for the next, oh, twenty years*

VengaDan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 13 August 2004 18:28 (sixteen years ago) link

You love it, you know you do.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 13 August 2004 18:31 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
REVIVE! I'm singing "Gates Of Justice" again, this time at Licoln Center, on Wednesday! Dave Brubeck is still classic.

The Ghost of Black Elegance (Dan Perry), Monday, 12 September 2005 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

For the tracks "Fujiyama" and "40 Days" alone, classic. But so many other great and good tunes.

I'm not a jazzist, and personally, I like that he (re)introduced a certain element of compositionality to popular jazz--I imagine he, along with groups like Modern Jazz Quartet, influenced Mingus on to some of his greatest works. I've wondered how much this is attributed to his "whiteness," and therefore how much it has to do with his disdainability amongst jazz-heads. He was both too popular and too avant-garde, I guess.

I.M. (I.M.), Monday, 12 September 2005 21:59 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

assail the unassailable:

he has just about the worst rhythmic feel of any major jazz pianist - SOOOOO stiff

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 05:55 (thirteen years ago) link

^

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 06:01 (thirteen years ago) link

i once had an entire auditorium of jazz students throw shit at me when i suggested he was, when it came to rhythm, a square.

BIG HOOS aka the steendriver, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 06:02 (thirteen years ago) link

A visiting Israeli dude was just telling me the other night how he could get Dave Brubeck tickets for *only* $35 - I didn't have the heart to tell him that he could probably just stick his $35 on the end of an arrow and shoot it in the air in the West Village and find better jazz to see than the Brubeck of 2007.

Hurting 2, Wednesday, 19 September 2007 06:10 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...

I am reviving this because I am on my second play of "The Gates of Justice" today and dude is a genius.

Obama seems to have the views of a 21-year-old Hispanic girl (HI DERE), Thursday, 4 June 2009 18:53 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

I am reviving because I picked up "Jazz Impressions of Japan" and while I have some reservations with the conceit it is a smokin record and I just love me some Brubeck.

the evil genius of Zaiger Genetics (J0hn D.), Sunday, 2 August 2009 15:08 (eleven years ago) link

It is a good record.

I Want to Edit My Profile... (PappaWheelie V), Sunday, 2 August 2009 16:33 (eleven years ago) link

Could anyone really say "dud"? I should hope fucking not.
― Alex in NYC (vassifer), Thursday, August 12, 2004 6:51 PM (4 years ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink

me. i say dud.

scott seward, Sunday, 2 August 2009 17:38 (eleven years ago) link

oh you do not either.

the evil genius of Zaiger Genetics (J0hn D.), Sunday, 2 August 2009 17:51 (eleven years ago) link

don't like.

scott seward, Sunday, 2 August 2009 18:18 (eleven years ago) link

big diff between not liking something and calling it a "dud".

Elvin Wayburn Phillips, Sunday, 2 August 2009 18:19 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, okay, maybe dud is kinda mean. he had his moments i suppose. but anyone who made as many boring records as dave brubeck is never gonna be on my hit parade. too many boring records to count!

just to prove i'm a nice guy i'm actually listening to dave brubeck and jimmy rushing album right now. it's pretty good. thanks to jimmy rushing.

scott seward, Sunday, 2 August 2009 18:27 (eleven years ago) link

let's just say that i'm all set when it comes to white jazz piano nerdz

http://www.hollowearth.org/images/jazz/bill_evans/bill_evans_portrait_in_jazz.jpg

scott seward, Sunday, 2 August 2009 18:28 (eleven years ago) link

scott I'm a huge bill evans fan but what you're saying is like saying "I don't need darkthrone because I have blue cheer"

the evil genius of Zaiger Genetics (J0hn D.), Sunday, 2 August 2009 22:34 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

Loving this exchange from the previous thread revival.

Anyway, dude hits 90 on Monday.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 4 December 2010 22:12 (nine years ago) link

All this celebratory activity has been tempered somewhat by the pacemaker surgery Brubeck had in October. His recovery was so unexpectedly protracted that he had to postpone previously scheduled performances. (You figure that it had to have been a pretty serious problem for someone so devoted to making his gigs that he once did 120 straight days of travel for concert dates.)

"It was tough," Brubeck says of the procedure, which was supposed to have kept him hospitalized overnight but led to an 18-day stay. "They had to go into muscle instead of skin … and that caused all the problems."

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 4 December 2010 22:13 (nine years ago) link

Actually I'd missed he was a University of the Pacific grad -- pretty cool, that's my mom's alma mater as well.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 4 December 2010 22:14 (nine years ago) link

two years pass...

Now that's a long life lived. RIP.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 16:53 (seven years ago) link

Amen and amen

RIP incredibly awesome dude

I loves you, PORGI (DJP), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:02 (seven years ago) link

aw, rip dave

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:11 (seven years ago) link

RIP. john d. otm upthread about Jazz Impressions of Japan, that one is killer. the quartet w/ brubeck is a great band.

tylerw, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:12 (seven years ago) link

RIP. A great musician and man. Every time I see that clip of him choking up on Ken Burns' "Jazz," I tear up myself. Here's the full transcript from the interview. I can't find a video:

Question: There's one other very important and vivid experience you had with your dad that really made an impression on you in terms of fighting racial inequality. Tell me about that.

Brubeck: I think I may have been six or seven, but I have to guess. And I don't know what was in my father's mind, but we were together. I used to go with him sometimes when he'd buy cattle. [We were down] on the Sacramento River. And my wife's uncle always hung out with a black rodeo rider. His name, believe it or not, was Shine. And so my dad just brought me up to this guy and he said "open your shirt for Dave and show him your chest." And he did and there was this brand on his chest. And my dad said "something like this should never happen again.." …You've gotta remember I'm around cattle branding and I know what it's like, that hot iron, 'cause I've branded hundreds of cattle. And the hotter the iron, the less it will hurt and the quicker you can get off, get off the burning and the smell of that burnt hair and skin. So you want to get that fire as hot as you can. And the whole picture came to my mind, because I've been around branding as long as I can remember. And to see a, a wonderful man having had to go through that was just too much for me….It had an impact on me that I'll never forget. All of my life I thought what I can do about this. It's like my dad telling me to do something about it.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:50 (seven years ago) link

wow.

my other pug is a stillsuit (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 17:51 (seven years ago) link

sad. RIP.

Lee626, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:08 (seven years ago) link

time out was my first jazz record and it still flexes its influence over my taste. just the melody of "blue rondo a la turk" which seems in danger of spilling over, of unlocking totally, and yet it is so controlled, but it's also fluid enough to dance capably in and out of the 4/4 sections

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:21 (seven years ago) link

RIP....the album Jazz Impressions of Japan has been a favorite of mine the last couple of years

the purpose driven trife (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:23 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDB4K5zCcfk

Milton Parker, Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:27 (seven years ago) link

Too soon?

@KenJennings
Is it wrong to be sad that Brubeck died on 12/5 instead of 7/4 or 5/4 or 9/8?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:28 (seven years ago) link

I... cannot resist that joke. A+

my other pug is a stillsuit (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 5 December 2012 18:35 (seven years ago) link

Here's the Ken Burns "Jazz" clip:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu-ZTKgyl-U&feature=youtu.be

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 December 2012 02:55 (seven years ago) link

Or not. I'll get back to ya.

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 December 2012 02:56 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pu-ZTKgyl-U

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 December 2012 03:03 (seven years ago) link

Yay!

Jazzbo, Thursday, 6 December 2012 03:03 (seven years ago) link

wow...

the purpose driven trife (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 6 December 2012 03:10 (seven years ago) link

Ordered a budget box of all five "Time" albums from BestBuy.com for $16. At one point, I had the deluxe 2CD Time Out that came out in 2009, but I want to hear the other four, and that's an unbeatable price.

誤訳侮辱, Thursday, 6 December 2012 03:25 (seven years ago) link

"take five" was one of the 1st jazz records i'd ever listened to ... whatever appreciation for jazz i have is b/c of that record.

rip dave brubeck.

get it on smang a gong (Eisbaer), Thursday, 6 December 2012 04:14 (seven years ago) link

Take Five, with a mischievous intro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjU1yYFQZfs


"Dziekuje" (Thank you). Solo piano, just beautiful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uddIMgBwAJw

collardio gelatinous, Thursday, 6 December 2012 05:12 (seven years ago) link

RIP.

comedy is unnatural and abhorrent (Scik Mouthy), Thursday, 6 December 2012 08:28 (seven years ago) link

Time out was also my introduction to jazz. RIP melody man.

elan, Thursday, 6 December 2012 19:11 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAIIqCfoq10

elan, Thursday, 6 December 2012 19:13 (seven years ago) link

two years pass...

This here is where I am at tonight.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IbbFAi9h4Y

xelab, Monday, 7 September 2015 23:03 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

at carnegie hall is like the coolest record imaginable

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 March 2020 17:12 (six months ago) link

the chunky piano chords toward the end of "for all we know" .... just wonderful

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Saturday, 7 March 2020 17:14 (six months ago) link

Lewis Porter wrote a really good article on Brubeck for WBGO's website last month.

but also fuck you (unperson), Saturday, 7 March 2020 18:02 (six months ago) link

six months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QfZruW3NI6c

holy fuck this is so good. everyone on point but shout out to brubeck's typically dense and outré chord accumulations and joe morello tearing shit up

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2020 01:16 (one week ago) link

paul desmond's playing is just impossibly soft focus and lyrical

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Monday, 14 September 2020 01:22 (one week ago) link


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