Take Five may be the single best known Jazz recording of all time (argue amongst yourselves as to whats better known).
Brubeck is one of those rare musicians where you can just about randomly select anything he’s recorded — and its all pretty great. Its perfect music to just kick back and relax to.
I even find his “goofy fun stuff” terrific — check out Quiet as the Moon. It is his “Peanuts inspired” work, and except for a song or two, its not the actual Peanuts music (that was Vince Guaraldi doing the actual Peanuts recording, A Boy Named Charlie Brown).
His Music Gave Jazz New Pop (NYT Obit)
When the World Was ‘Mad About Brubeck’: Dave Brubeck (Stop the Presses)
Friday Night Jazz: Gerry Mulligan II (May 23, 2008)
videos after the jump
Blue Rondo A La Turk
St Louis Blues 1961