Sunday, December 9, 2012

One Final Time Out

Dave Brubeck, music icon and American treasure died this past Wednesday.  At the time of his death on December 5 he was ninety-one years of age.  His death occurred with a musician's sense of timing.  He would have celebrated his ninety-second birthday on December 6.   

More than a half-century ago - in 1959 - his album "Time Out" went somewhere that a jazz album had never gone before:  #2 on the Billboard pop album chart.  It was certified platinum, signifying more than 1,000,000 units sold.  Far greater than the significance attached to the number of copies sold was the record's sound.   Those who have forgotten far more about jazz music than I could hope to ever learn were I to live ten times as long as Dave Brubeck describe it thusly:  groundbreaking

Every Sunday morning for as long as I can remember, my favorite earthbound radio program "All Mixed Up", which Jim Monaghan hosts on WDHA 105.5 FM here in the State of Concrete Gardens has closed with "Take Five", a song written by Brubeck's musical partner and alto sax player Paul Desmond, which was the first single Columbia Records released off of Time Out and which became the first jazz single to sell more than 1 million copies.   He shall do so again this morning. 

It turns out it is one hell of a way to sign off on a Sunday morning.....



Jim Monaghan said...

Thanks, Adam.

Adam Kenny said...

You're welcome. Thanks for AMU. A great part of my Sunday morning always.