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    Dave Brubeck was one of the great white hopes of jazz. Like Benny Goodman a generation earlier, Brubeck rose to fame as a white face among so many many black ones. Dave was the first jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time magazine; before Duke Ellington, before Thelonious Monk (who was the first black jazz musician on the cover some months or years later).

    But Dave was honest; he talks about the time magazine situation in the Ken Burns documentary and how he felt being the person to tell his success to Duke Ellington for the first time. Brubeck didn’t buy into the racist bullshit. His support for civil rights and other actions clearly shows this. And Dave could play. In the long run, that’s all jazz musicians care about: Can you play?

    “Take Five” is a brilliant entry point for people to begin to discover jazz. Its not as demanding as the Brown-Roach Quintet or Mile’s band at the time. (it doesn’t swing as hard either, but that’s another issue). And it connects to an (sometimes pseudo)intellectual beatnick/hipster world that we’ve often forgotten about in our embrace of the post JFK period. Brubeck is a piece of American cultural history who wont be forgotten any time soon.

    I cant tell if its a West End musical or Marxism in action.

    by Evolution on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 10:25:44 AM PST

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