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Dave Brubeck Quartet – Time Out (1959)

January 6, 2013

New Year’s Resolution #3: March to the Beat of My Own Drum

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Good news: Pavement’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain made it on the 1001 album list, thus allowing me to continue the start of 2013 (relatively) gripe-free!

That album’s eighth track, 5-4=Unity, I initially believed to be a unique instrumental.  Turns out, it was a tribute to Mr. Dave Brubeck, notably his tune Take Five.

With Rock & Roll all the rage in the late 50s, the format was simple: 4 chords, guitars/bass/drums, 4/4 time signature.

Kudos to Brubeck for adding some jazz variety to the top of the Billboard Pop Albums Chart.  The quartet was not merely a clever name: he played in a 4-piece, but swapped the guitars for piano & saxophone.  Instead of the predictable patterns & progressions, his use of the 5/4 & 9/8 time signatures stood out delightfully.

When Brubeck passed away in late 2012, tributes understandably flowed from a variety of sources.  While there was much more to his music than the unorthodox rhythms, the beat is what I’ll remember.

Great tap-along fun.

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