The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five

• “Take Five” set to a picture of the housing album cover. Thanks to thejetsetlounge.

7.8 “Great Jazz from the USA”

“Time Out” was an interesting 1959 set from the innovative cool-jazz pianist and his band, beloved of the ad agencies for their brand of sophisticated but accessible instrumental offerings.

“Take Five” was the top track (one of those ‘ah, so this is who does that tune’ moments for me) with a nagging refrain that swirls around your head long after it’s gone. It was alto saxophonist Paul Desmond who came up with this one – the only tune on the album not to be credited to the group leader.

I quite like how this guy was pushing for new feels in his music – his record company was very unsure about releasing an album with so many unorthodox time signatures but they needn’t have worried; the college campus hipsters lapped it up and it quickly went platinum. For what it’s worth, it was the first jazz album to sell more than a million copies.

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