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Time Out with DAVE BRUBECK – Rare 2003 INTERVIEW with Take Five Legend

June 15, 2022

Dave Brubeck, designated a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, was one of the most active and popular musicians in both the jazz and classical worlds.

With a career that spanned over six decades, his experiments in odd time signatures, improvised counterpoint, polyrhythm and polytonality remain hallmarks of innovation.

When I heard Brubeck would be in London for a series of concerts, I immediately booked an interview for the BBC as part of my series, “The New Jazz Standards”.

He talks about his early, experimental Octet, studies with Darius Milhaud, his musical influences, how “cool” jazz isn’t cool at all, and how his admirers included Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Stan Kenton.

He also tells some very amusing stories about his dear friend and brilliant musical partner, Paul Desmond. This was so much fun, and I’m so happy to bring you this rare interview with a very nice musical giant who always did everything in his own sweet way -Dave Brubeck

Time Out with DAVE BRUBECK – Rare 2003 INTERVIEW with Take Five Legend

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