Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

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Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

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Although I am not a musician and much of the technical discussion of Brubeck's music flew over my head, I enjoyed reading this book immensely.

In fact I have begun to appreciate just how talented Brubeck was and I am now listening to his music more than ever. This was a perfectly balanced mechanism with an immediately identifiable sound, thanks largely to the ethereal purity of Desmond’s tone in the group’s foreground. This excellent biography makes clear that he simply chose his own path and individual idea of jazz that was outside mainstream critical thinking and just as valid as anything the bebop players (most of whom actually admired him and his ideas greatly) were committed to.For all the resentment he provoked, and the scorn poured on his sometimes heavy-handed playing, Brubeck was an interesting musician whose experiments with unorthodox time signatures helped open the way for others to venture beyond the standard 4/4 and waltz time.

and] fittingly, for a Brubeck biography, this is also a multifarious work; adventurous with narrative and structure. But finding a convincing fit for Brubeck's legacy, one that reconciles his mass popularity with his advanced musical technique, has proved largely elusive.And really I'm not much of a jazz aficionado, but I own a dozen CD versions of his now-classic 50's and 60's albums when he was fronting his eponymously-named Quartet.

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