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My sister's now deceased husband played the drums and was a big fan of Dave Brubeck and his work. Every time I went to their house Brubeck was playing and I got really tired of hearing Take Five. That was in the late 50's or early 60's after that song became popular but I am not and was not a jazz fan. I still can hear that song in my head but wish it was something else. Maybe you either love jazz or hate it. It grinds on my nerves as I'm sure what I would like to listen to might have that affect on others. But, that song is what I mentally associate with my brother in law.
Coincidentally, I listened to the Time Out album on my CD player several days ago. For years I have purchased CD box sets from Half Price Books @ $1-3/ CD- including some Brubeck. Brubeck's signature touch was his varied, complicated use of rhythm.
Paul Desmond interviewing Charlie Parker is an interesting interview. Not sure who the third voice is, but he sounds like a pro broadcaster.
Spoiler: Charlie Parker and Paul Desmond studied and practiced alot.
There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who like jazz and the rest of us. To me Jazz sounds like everyone has a different sheet of music or like an 8 year old who just got a new musical instrument for their birthday and is going full blast on it.
I saw him with his boys, too, in 1976 or 1977. They played in my first husband's medical school auditorium! The thing I remember about the concert was how joyous he seemed to be. Perhaps he was enjoying playing with his kids or maybe he was always like that.
Amen, brother! Funny how "the rest of us" fail to recognize that many of the musical innovations from jazz have sneaked in to popular music and become sounds we all love. But there is some jazz--free jazz is a great example--that I can only describe as aimless toodling, accompanied by banging on trash can lids. Popular music was never immune; how else would you explain "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"
Not a huge jazz fan, but couldn't be any more of a fan of Kind of Blue (Miles Davis) and Somethin' Else (Cannonball Adderly/Miles Davis) - those and Brubeck's 'Take Five' can hang with the very best music of any genre/era.