I am devastated to read that jazz master and Kennedy Center honoree Dave Brubeck has died. His influence on jazz
was wide and profound. His frequent collaborator and the composer of one of the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s
best known tunes, “Take Five,” Paul Desmond
, said of the sound of his alto sax, “"I think I had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to sound like a dry martini." Brubeck was well-known for his use of differing time signatures, again referencing “Take Five”
which was in 5/4 time and another example, “Blue Rondo a la Turk,”
in 9/8 time. Desmond passed away in 2005, and Brubeck has left the earthly plain to join him in the Heavenly Jazz Band. RIP.