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Let’s Do A Little Dave Brubeck Tribute, Shall We?

Let’s Do A Little Dave Brubeck Tribute, Shall We?
December 05
15:07 2012

He died today. He was 91.

A jazz legend, that guy.

In case you don’t know Dave Brubeck, this was one of his…

That’s “Take Five,” and it’s been covered a bunch. If I would ever get off my butt and do some more of those “Cover Versions” posts, I’d do one on “Take Five.” And if I did, I’d include this – ’cause it ain’t bad, and it’s brand new…

And here’s somebody coverin’ it on a piano…

If that doesn’t impress you, how about a ukelele?

But there is no Take Five cover like the one George Benson did.

Take Five isn’t the only Brubeck tune y’all might have heard of even if you’re not a modern jazz type person. There’s this…

Blue Rondo a la Turk is the name of that. It goes kinda fast. It goes so fast that Al Jarreau made a fool out of himself tryin’ to sing something off it…

But there’s other stuff, too. For instance, there was The Duke…

And Three To Get Ready…

And Countdown…

And Unsquare Dance…

But he didn’t just do jazz. He got into inspirational stuff shortly after he hit it big with his trio…

Actually, in his later career he got into religious stuff. Joined the Catholic Church and ended up writing a bunch of sacred stuff. Here’s something he did from To Hope, which was a mass he wrote…

This guy was a great American hero and a musical genius. Rest In Peace, big fella.

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3 Comments

  1. Richard Garwood
    Richard Garwood December 05, 21:37

    Man, that's too much of a loss to deal with. He was my intro to Jazz. Now I've got to get out the old platters and make sure I have the recording protected. This guy should have memorial that's never ending.

  2. Jules P. Guidry
    Jules P. Guidry December 07, 15:18

    Richard G. He does have a never ending memorial. His music lives on in each and every one of us who listened to his creations and still carry it with us. That is his never ending memorial. He will be missed, and remembered. God speed, Dave.

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