Legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died on Wednesday at the age of 91, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Brubeck’s immense 1959 “Time Out” album, which played with unusual time signatures, was the first jazz record to top one million copies sold. Believe it or not, the album peaked at #2 on the Billboard pop albums charts.
Join us in celebration of Brubeck’s contribution to music:
Blue Rondo a la Turk
Brubeck would have been 92 on Thursday. There’s a tribute scheduled featuring “Billy Joel saxophonist Richie Cannata and a few of his famous friends, including special guest guitarist Bernie Williams (former New York Yankee).” We’ll see if this goes on as planned.
Perfect tweet from Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings:
Is it wrong to be sad that Brubeck died on 12/5 instead of 7/4 or 5/4 or 9/8
— Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) December 5, 2012
Brubeck was perhaps best known for “Take Five,” which was actually written by his longtime musical partner Paul Desmond, who died in 1977.
Check Brubeck out in 1954: