True story – I was watching this video (embedding has been disabled, so you gotta click over) yesterday, probably about 2-3 hours before I heard that Dave Brubeck had passed away at 91. It’s jazz guitar great George Benson playing “Take Five”.
I’ve never been a huge jazz fan. Not quite to this level…:
…but it’s not like I’ve never felt that jazz, especially in its late-fifties bebop incarnation, was a self-indulgent, self-referential little musical ghetto that squares just weren’t intended to get.
Sort of like this:
But I saw Dave Brubeck in 1985 at the U of M. It was bebop, and very very very proficient…
…and unexpectedly human. Which was not something I’d expected.
“Take Five” was his biggest hit – selling a million copies, which was unprecedented in the jazz business:
RIP Dave Brubeck.