Dave Brubeck, a jazz musician who attained pop-star acclaim with recordings such as “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd.
One day short of his 92nd birthday.
Brubeck was one of the giants of jazz, an innovative musician who made his mark on modern music when he released “Time Out” in 1959. It remains one of the best-selling jazz albums to this day (behind Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and Weather Report – Brubeck is in some good company).
Here’s a recording of Take Five performed Brubeck and his quartet – Paul Desmond on sax, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums – in concert in Germany in 1966.