Thursday, December 06, 2012

Blue rondo a la Turk

That's the title of the first track in the most famous The Dave Brubeck Quartet's Time Out (whose other compositions include the widely known Take Five).

The chief, the genius pianist Dave Brubeck, died yesterday. He was 91. 

Needless to say, to honour the legend, we are playing his music in the Cafe non-stop today.

Listen to the opening of Blue Rondo. It's like a wakeup call (I'd love to have it as my alarm default). Then it transforms to a nice, smooth dialogue between Brubeck and Paul Desmond on alto sax - and Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drum. They take us to the little street in Turkey, with a strange yet beautiful composition.

Right after the track Take Five (arguably the most famous one, covered by many artists, including a bad take by Al Jarreau), they have Three to Get Ready. I'm feeling poignant - Brubeck, Desmond, and Morello have passed away. Bless 'em all.

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