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The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck (“Take 5”)


In 2003, song journalist Philip Clark used to be granted extraordinary get admission to to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the process ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet all over their prolonged British excursion, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck unfolded as by no means ahead of, disclosing his distinctive way to jazz; the heady days of his “vintage” quartet within the Fifties-60s; striking out with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis; and the numerous controversies that had dogged his sixty six-12 months-lengthy occupation.

Along loved figures like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Brubeck’s song has completed title reputation past jazz. However discovering a powerful are compatible for Brubeck’s legacy, person who reconciles his mass reputation along with his complex musical method, has proved in large part elusive. In Dave Brubeck: A Lifestyles in Time, Clark supplies us with a considerate, thorough, and lengthy-past due biography of an bizarre guy whose affect maintains to tell and encourage musicians nowadays.

Based round Clark’s prolonged interview and in depth new analysis, this guide tells probably the most ultimate untold tales of jazz, unearthing the name of the game historical past of “Take 5” and plenty of hitherto unknown facets of Brubeck’s early occupation – and approximately his ingenious courting along with his megastar saxophonist Paul Desmond. Woven during are cameo appearances from a number of not likely figures from Sting, Ray Manzarek of The Doorways, and Keith Emerson, to John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Partch, and Edgard Varèse. Each and every bankruptcy explores a distinct subject matter or facet of Brubeck’s Lifestyles and song, illuminating the middle of his artistry and genius. To cite President Obama, as he presented the musician with a Kennedy Heart Honor: “You’ll’t bear in mind The usa with out figuring out jazz, and You’ll’t bear in mind jazz with out figuring out Dave Brubeck.”