Tuesday, 3 May 2011

'Take Five' - Dave Brubeck

The drive home is often long and tedious with little to break the monotony apart from the radio. Last night I listened to Jaime Cullum's weekly Jazz show on Radio 2.
His featured guest has been, for the past fortnight, legendary Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck. I of course was aware of Brubeck's work, after all who hasn't heard either 'Take Five' or 'Blue Rondo La Turk?'
Brubeck, now ninety, is a fascinating man who retains all humility even in the light of his huge reputation and talent. He never once, during the course of the interview appeared to get above himself.
The programme was a joy to listen to as it had, much like Cullum's incredible Clint Eastwood interview, two men divided by age but united by their passion for Jazz. It was this shared love more than anything that made the one hour show so listenable.
Unfortunately, I am unable to post either the interview or, Dave's sons played live, the brief concert so instead I have selected what must be his most famous piece...
'Take Five.'



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