In a jazzy mood this morning… which seems to be a mid-week trend for me. Perhaps I will make this a Jazz Wednesday theme for the Track of the Week.
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Dave Brubeck, as one tends to do after the loss of a great musical talent (ie. James Brown, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston). Both my father and paternal-grandmother are/were avid jazz fans and I grew up on the standards. However, “Take Five” was the first jazz song that truly stuck with me and Time Out had to have been the first jazz album that I stole from my dad to listen to for hours on my CD player. Waltz Limp is one of my favorite tracks. First off, I love the rapid yet subtle beginning jazz solo and I especially love how Cole Porter is woven in later. Brubeck was a revolutionary and with Paul Desmond he pushed progressive jazz into the mainstream. As a composer, Brubeck’s work was both avant garde and accessible, a delicate balance that few jazz musicians manage to strike.
His death last December was a profound loss to the jazz community. However, his legacy will undoubtedly live on.