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Dave Brubeck R.I.P.

Always my favourite piece of jazz:

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  1. We were, and still are, a very musical family; at least Mum (a music teacher, piano, guitar), me (clarinet) and two wee brothers (fiddle, guitar). Somehow the fact that we never had a record player never registered; we made our own music. But when I was 12 or 13, a piece of furniture arrived in the living room cunningly disguised as a “music centre”, made by a company called His Master’s Voice. And then we realised that Dad was musical too. He started purchasing records of the music of his youth, especially Glen Miller, George Shearing, Stéphane Grappelli and Dave Brubeck. Coming from this musical background, originally mostly classical, but then investigating for myself some of the more esoteric sounds appearing in the early 70’s – now dismissed as “prog”, – I was immediately drawn to Brubeck and always have been. Mum, the strictly classical musician, warmed to him too, because she could understand the musical genius behind the popular music, always an accessible crossover between classical and jazz. Dad passed away in October still hale and hearty in his 84th year until that moment. At the funeral in St. Andrews Kirk, Helensburgh, the organist, Walter Blair, played a medley of some of Dad’s favourites, which unfortunately none of us got to hear because of all the hand shaking as folk arrived.

    One piece of music everyone should hear before they die is by Brubeck’s brother, Howard: “Dialogues for Jazz Combo and Orchestra”, recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Leonard Bernstein conducting the New York Philharmonic in 1960. Cool.

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