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Dave Brubeck (Composer)

Born: 6th December 1920, Concord, California, U.S.A

Died: 5th December 2012, Norwalk, Conecticut, U.S.A

Nationality: American

David Warren Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer, considered one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Many of his compositions have become jazz standards including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his mother's classical training and his own improvisational skills. His music is known for employing unusual time signatures as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

Brubeck experimented with time signatures throughout his career, recording "Pick Up Sticks" in 64, "Unsquare Dance" in 74, "World's Fair" in 134, and "Blue Rondo à la Turk" in 98.

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 Recording of the Week, Dave Brubeck - Lullabies

Josh enjoys Dave Brubeck's final studio recording, an intimate set of Lullabies for solo piano, expressing his deep love for his family.

 Recording of the Week, Dave Brubeck Quartet at Oberlin & Wilshire-Ebell

Two classic Dave Brubeck Quartet concerts from 1953 find the pianist, with saxophonist Paul Desmond, forging the sound that would soon sell a million albums.

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