Wednesday, December 05, 2012

RIP: Dave Brubeck

It's been a while since we've had a chance to get here, but I'm sure we won't be the only bloggers who have been silent for a while who are today drawing inspiration from Dave Brubeck's remarkable life as jazz musician and human being extraordinaire to break silence.

More important, in my view, than his outstanding creative achievements as an innovative jazz pianist and jazz combo leader during an era of fabulous musical development, was his example of being an artist who refused to play venues that would not accept a racially integrated band. Whilst far from being on his own, particularly within the music world, in this respect, his example was highly influential and duly noted. Brubeck could not be ignored.

The fact that four sons followed his musical ways doubtless speaks volumes for Brubeck as a father, as well, of course, for Iola Brubeck, Brubeck's wife and collaborator on numerous musical projects. A family that played together and stayed together.

I always travel with Brubeck. He's kept me going on endless bus, plane and car trips, across and around the globe, for longer than I care to remember. And for as far ahead as I can see.

Rest in peace, maestro Dave Brubeck, and many thanks for so many magic moments along the way. Time to take five.

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