Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, who has died aged 91, was one of the most famous jazz musicians of the 20th century. Brubeck, with his studious manner and earnest progressivism, aroused sharply conflicting views among musicians and critics. Charlie Parker admired him, whereas Miles Davis found his playing deficient in swing. Jazz aficionados, suspicious of his great popularity, often complained that his music was lightweight and excessively cool, or even that he did not play real jazz at all.

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5 Responses to “Dave Brubeck”

  1. Penseivat December 6, 2012 at 22:16 Permalink

    When I heard, I had to take five to think about his contribution to easy listening jazz – one particular record playing a major (aesthetic) part in a major seduction (we ended up married).
    A sad loss to music lovers.

  2. BobG December 6, 2012 at 22:36 Permalink

    One of my favorite jazz musicians of all time. He will be missed by many.

  3. james wilson December 6, 2012 at 22:40 Permalink

    Charlie Parker was no snob. He was known to drop his dime in the jukebox and punch up a country disc.

  4. James Higham December 6, 2012 at 22:49 Permalink

    Penseivat – “take five” – noted.

    Bob and James – yes.

  5. banned December 6, 2012 at 23:36 Permalink

    Dave Brubeck was never at the top of my hit parade but his stuff was always there in my mucic collection, in whatever format.

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