Artist's Biography

Dave Brubeck

Tuned in concert Norwalk & Westport, Ct. (early 70s)

Pianist-composer Dave Brubeck has become a jazz legend. The public's first awareness associated him with the intricate, lightly swinging sound known as West Coast Cool. His distinctive harmonic approach and daring improvisations generated excitement with both critics and fans. His group won both the Critics Poll and the Readers Poll the same year in Down Beat magazine. The Dave Brubeck Quartet became the sound that identified an era. It was they who started the wave of popularity of jazz on college campuses in the fifties.

 Concurrently, they were playing the leading jazz clubs and touring with Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and other musicians of the bop era. The Dave Brubeck Quartet won the first jazz poll conducted by a black newspaper, The Pittsburgh Courier. By 1954, his picture had appeared on the cover of Time Magazine along with a feature story heralding the rebirth of jazz. In 1960, the Dave Brubeck Quartet, with Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright and Joe Morello, released their first expreriment in odd-metered rhythms. The album, Time Out, and its singles, Take Five and Blue Rondo at la Turk, became the first in modern jazz to "go gold." 

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