Take Five, the Dave Brubeck Quartet

As fantastic to watch as it is to listen to.

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  1. I can't watch standard def video stretched out to wide screen (or HD squashed down to 4:3). It makes me bananas.

    When I am king, this will be stopped.

  2. in the 70s, when i and a friend of mine were young sax players for our high school band, the two of us vied to see who could play the sax part the most "impressively." by which i mean the most ridiculously. i learned harmonic fingerings so i could play it an octave above standard while he could play it in double time, so i moved the key up a half step every 8 bars until i reached an octave higher. 40 year later i regret nothing but know that the pace and the key desmond set were perfection. restraint is not usually a strength of the young.

  3. A couple of days ago I enjoyed a guy blowin' this tune on his Andean panflute in downtown L.A. Made me smile.

  4. In Santa Barbara, where Brubeck visited from time to time (I am not sure if he lived there), they put out pianos on First Thursday's and randomly through the year. Walking down the street one can hear paid musicians as well as people that randomly decide to play. Not far from museum of art I heard a fantastic little jazz piece being played on the piano. An elderly man plaid the piano, changing rhythms quickly, yet never really speeding through any portion of what he was playing. The guy looked like Dave Brubeck, who I had seen earlier at a performance at the lobero. I listened for as long as I could, but I wanted to make another performance. In 2012 I he died, and I have always wondered if indeed that was a very elderly David Brubeck, who for a time, aged backwards while he played.

  5. As a kid, I was always a little happy when there would be 'Technical Difficulties' on the local CBC TV station because they would almost always play Take Five while the issue was being resolved.

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