The Wall Street Journal Knows Dave Brubeck
“Ranching’s Loss, Jazz’s Gain”
By MARC MYERS
“Shortly after I arrived at Dave Brubeck’s home here last week, the jazz pianist insisted we move to a glass- enclosed deck with a view of pine trees and a rushing brook. “See that rock?” Mr. Brubeck said, pointing to an elephant-sized granite boulder below. ‘I love how it forces the stream to make a sharp right turn.’
Mr. Brubeck stood bathed in sunlight as he watched the water race by. Asked if he viewed himself as the rock or the stream, Mr. Brubeck flashed his famous smile. ‘The rock,’ he said, thrusting his right fist upward, adding a growly ‘Yeah.’
Mr. Brubeck, who turns 90 on Monday, has been forcing jazz to change direction for seven decades. The pianist is best known for the quartet he formed with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond in 1951, and his recordings of The Duke, In Your Own Sweet Way, Blue Rondo a la Turk and Take Five are recognizable even to jazz novices.”
Illustrration of Dave Brubeck Ken Fallin
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