An amazing artist and a wonderful person has passed today. God bless him.
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Dear Rok2id, you're probably a good person and a gentleman also, but hardly in the mainstream of jazz critics. D.Brubeck made a significant contribution to the musical arts and was a master of polyrhythms, who could play one with the left hand and another with the right (not easy, you try it and see). His group with Paul Desmond on sax sounded amazing even if you knew nothing about jazz or imporvisation, and revealed even more to fans who were more deeply involved in the music. I wouldn't try to rank him amongst all the great pianists and composers anymore than i would try to say who was better, Basie or Ellington.
He was a great musician and i would suggest a certain album that i am crazy about and was until recently out of print- called My Favorite Things. I have the Japanese import CD and the vinyl as well. this is one beautiful note after another. i for one will really miss the guys who made this music possible.
Truth be told Time Out was written by Paul Desmond. This doesn't cheapen Dave's contribution to jazz,Dave was an ambassador of sorts who traveled the world spreading the sounds of the genre he loved. He was a gentle,gracious soul whom opened many a door for others to ply their songs. He was upscale,a cut above and his volumes of work will stand the test of time.
I remember when I reveived my Mosiac vinyl box set of Paul Desmond and realized the sound of his sax was just as much a part of Dave's music as his piano. This box set is great and furthers the belief in my opinion that both Dave and Paul have been overlooked because they made it look easy.
As an astute jazz aficionado, it's quite apparent that his critics aren't even remotely aware of his huge body of works, including many that I have on my top jazz shelf, along with Blakey and The Messengers, plus Yusef Lateef. One can not consider himself an "aficionado", if one is not acquainted with "Yusef Lateef", maybe one should "google" the name.