Dave Brubeck

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Legal name: David Warren Brubeck


David Warren Brubeck (; December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012) was an American jazz pianist and composer, and one of the foremost exponents of cool jazz. Some of his compositions have become jazz standards, including "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke". Brubeck's style ranged from refined to bombastic, reflecting both his mother's classical training and his own improvisational skills. His music employed unusual time signatures as well as superimposing contrasting rhythms, meters, and tonalities.

Brubeck most often performed throughout his career as leader of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, which kept its name despite shifting personnel. The most successful, and prolific, lineup of the quartet was the one between 1958 and 1968, which consisted of, in addition to Brubeck, saxophonist Paul Desmond, bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello. This lineup got its start touring through Europe and Asia at the behest of the U.S. State Department. This cultural experience inspired Brubeck to record the 1959 album Time Out, which featured unconventional time signatures. Despite its esoteric theme, Time Out became Brubeck's highest-selling album, and the first jazz album to sell over one million copies. The lead single from the album, "Take Five", a tune written by Desmond in 5
time, similarly became the highest-selling jazz single of all time. The quartet followed up Time Out with four other albums in non-standard time signatures, and some of the other songs from this series became hits as well, including "Blue Rondo à la Turk" (in 9
) and "Unsquare Dance" (in 7

Brubeck was also a composer of orchestral and sacred music, and wrote soundtracks for television, such as Mr. Broadway and the animated miniseries This Is America, Charlie Brown.

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2000Blue Rondo a la TurkDave Brubeck3
2003Live - Take Five!Dave Brubeck1
2012Ain't Misbehavin'Dave Brubeck1


2011The Music of America: Inventing JazzDave Brubeck1


1953Jazz At StoryvilleBrubeck, Desmond2
1960Brubeck à la modeDave Brubeck2
1966Time InDave Brubeck5
1968The Light in the WildernessDave Brubeck1
1971Summit SessionsDave Brubeck3
1972Truth Is FallenDave Brubeck3
1973Two Generations of BrubeckDave Brubeck2
1974Brother, the Great Spirit Made Us AllDave Brubeck1
19761975: The DuetsDave Brubeck & Paul Desmond5
1976All the Things We AreDave Brubeck5
1979La fiesta de la posadaDave Brubeck2
1989The QuartetDave Brubeck1
1990Dave Brubeck / Paul DesmondDave Brubeck1
1991Once When I Was Very YoungDave Brubeck1
1991Quiet as the MoonDave Brubeck3
1992Plays and Plays and PlaysDave Brubeck1
1993Trio BrubeckDave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck & Dan Brubeck1
1994Just You, Just MeDave Brubeck1
1994We're All Together Again For The First TimeDave Brubeck1
1994Re-UnionPaul Desmond, David van Kriedt & Dave Brubeck1
1995Young Lions & Old TigersDave Brubeck1
1996A Dave Brubeck ChristmasDave Brubeck3
1996To Hope! A CelebrationDave Brubeck1
1997Brubeck: Chromatic Fantasy / Stravinsky: Concertino / Weill: String Quartet no. 1, op. 8Dave Brubeck, Igor Stravinsky, Kurt Weill; Brodsky Quartet1
1997Blue RondoBrubeck, Debussy, Donato/Gilberto, Evans, Jones, Honegger, Parker, Poulenc, Stravinsky; Karl‐Heinz Steffens, David Gazarov, Martin Zehn, Keith Copeland, Chris Lachotta1
1997In Their Own Sweet WayDave Brubeck1
1998Brubeck Plays BrubeckDave Brubeck41
1998Dave Brubeck Plays StandardsDave Brubeck1
2000One Alone: Solo PianoDave Brubeck2
2000I'm in a Dancing MoodDave Brubeck1
2002Brubeck In ChattanoogaDave Brubeck1
2003Classical BrubeckDave Brubeck3
2004The Gates of JusticeDave Brubeck1
2004Chromatic Fantasy Sonata / Rising Sun / The Salmon StrikesDave Brubeck; John Salmon1
2004Private Brubeck RemembersDave Brubeck2
2007Indian SummerDave Brubeck1
2009Take FiveDave Brubeck1
2010Take Five (The Essential Dave Brubeck)Dave Brubeck1
2010Jazz ManifestoDave Brubeck1
2014New World QuartetsDvořák, Barber, Gershwin, Copland, Brubeck; Brodsky Quartet1
2018Les BoysPoulenc, Trotignon, Brubeck; Duo Jatekok2
2020LullabiesDave Brubeck2
Out of NowhereDave Brubeck1

Album + Compilation

1966Dave Brubeck’s Greatest HitsDave Brubeck8
1968Adventures in TimeDave Brubeck2
1974Dave Brubeck's All-Time Greatest HitsDave Brubeck3
1975CollectionDave Brubeck1
1982Dejavu Retro Gold CollectionDave Brubeck1
1987Take FiveDave Brubeck55
1989The Dave Brubeck CollectionDave Brubeck1
1990Take Five, Vol. 1Dave Brubeck1
1990The Essential Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck3
1991The Essence of Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck1
1991Interchanges '54Dave Brubeck2
1991Take … The Greatest HitsDave Brubeck1
1992Time Signatures: A Career RetrospectiveDave Brubeck1
1993GoldDave Brubeck1
1994Super StarsDave Brubeck1
1995Jazz CollectionDave Brubeck2
1995His Greatest HitsDave Brubeck1
1995Take Five: His Greatest HitsDave Brubeck1
1996This Is Jazz 3Dave Brubeck3
1996Les indispensables de Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck1
1997Greatest HitsDave Brubeck1
1998Playing Our SongsDave Brubeck, George Shearing, Ahmad Jamal, Jacques Loussier1
1999Koto SongDave Brubeck1
2000The Very BestDave Brubeck1
2000Ken Burns JazzDave Brubeck2
200080th Birthday CelebrationDave Brubeck1
2000Jazz Piano MastersLennie Tristano, Dave Brubeck1
2000Love SongsDave Brubeck1
2000Midnite Jazz & Blues: FlamingoDave Brubeck1
2000Truth is Fallen / Brother, The Great Spirit Made Us AllDave Brubeck1
2001On TimeDave Brubeck1
2001Vocal EncountersDave Brubeck2
2002BalladsDave Brubeck1
20031954-1966Dave Brubeck1
2003The Essential Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck3
2004For All TimeDave Brubeck1
2004Jazz Moods: CoolDave Brubeck1
2004Modern Jazz ArchiveDave Brubeck1
2005Classic Jazz Archive: Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck1
2005Time WasDave Brubeck1
2005Quadromania Jazz Edition: Dave Brubeck: Take FiveDave Brubeck1
2006My RomanceDave Brubeck1
2006Dave Brubeck Plays for LoversDave Brubeck1
2006Supreme Jazz: Dave BrubeckDave Brubeck1
2007Columbia Jazz ProfilesDave Brubeck1
2008CollectionsDave Brubeck1
2009Three Classic Albums PlusDave Brubeck1
2010Original Album ClassicsDave Brubeck1
2010The Definitive Dave Brubeck on Fantasy, Concord Jazz and TelarcDave Brubeck1
2010Legacy of a LegendDave Brubeck1
2010Eight Classic AlbumsDave Brubeck2
2010San Francisco - New York - Los Angeles 1948‐1959 (The Quintessence)Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond1
2010Time OutDave Brubeck51

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