Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Monday: Dave Brubeck - Blue Rondo a la Turk

     The more jazzy-minded among you (ie: anyone who looks at the title for this post and goes "yeah, I know who that is") will likely already have heard of the passing of legendary pianist Dave Brubeck last week, just a day shy of his 92nd birthday. The jazz virgins need know only that the world has lost a musical great.

     I've previously featured my own favourite Dave Brubeck song here at Loud Noises before, the iconic "Take Five". But even if you're not a jazz aficionado, there's a whole bunch of standards penned by Brubeck with which you might be familiar, even if you don't know it's one of his. "Blue Rondo a la Turk", originally recorded for 1959's Time Out, is one such classic, an experiment in varied time signatures that's instantly recognizable once you know it. Have a listen and get a taste of Brubeck's 'mainstream' jazz appeal.

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