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Take Five

“Take Five” is a jazz piece composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet on their 1959 album Time Out. Recorded at Columbia Records’ 30th Street Studio in New York City on July 1, 1959, fully two years later it became an unlikely one-hit wonder and the best-selling jazz single of all time.  372 more words


Real Book Rant: Transcribe some changes from a classic recording!

Usually when one thinks about transcribing, you mostly think about transcribing an improvised solo. Solos are important to transcribe for all the obvious reasons. However, it is also a good idea to get into transcribing other aspects of playing such as: melody, harmony, rhythm, voicings, intros, endings, etc. 542 more words

Fire Alarm

It’s Monday!  On fire, Paul Desmond, Dave Brubeck, Joe Morello, and Eugene Wright  rip through a live performance of “Take Five.” Carnegie Hall, 1963.


Ascension Is For Window Washers and Jazz Musicians-Brubeck's Summit Sessions

When the first snow falls in Iowa, and the temperature grows childish, all extraneous parts grow closer to a person. Especially the hands.

Gloved hands, sometimes twice over, don’t fiddle around in wallets longer than necessary in grocery stores and gas stations. 1,619 more words