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Dave Brubeck was an American jazz pianist and composer known for his unconventional meters, as well as songs like "In Your Own Sweet Way" and "The Duke."
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"He was happy for me, but I was just so disappointed because it should have been him. They got around to him finally a couple of years later. But ... it just bothered me."
In 1959, Desmond's "Take Five" became the first jazz instrumental to sell more than a million copies. The song, included on the Dave Brubeck Quartet's album Time Out, attracted many new listeners to jazz, particularly on college campuses, during the 1950s and '60s.
The Dave Brubeck Quartet disbanded in 1967. Desmond died a decade later, in 1977. Brubeck went on to form another group, a quartet with his sons, keyboardist Darius Brubeck, bassist and trombonist Chris Brubeck, and drummer Danny Brubeck. In 1973, the group released Two Generations of Brubeck.
Brubeck continued to release music throughout the 1980s and '90s, including the albums Blue Rondo (1986), Moscow Nights (1987), In Their Own Sweet Way (1994) and A Dave Brubeck Christmas (1996).
On December 5, 2012, one day before his 92nd birthday, Brubeck died of cardiac arrest in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Today, Brubeck is remembered for his musical experimentation and unconventional meters. While he's best known for his compositions, his talent on the piano has also been praised. Of his passion for the piano, Brubeck once said, "It's like a whole orchestra, the piano for me."
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