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Jazz Great Dave Brubeck Dead at 91

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Jazz legend Dave Brubeck performs along with his quartet on Nov. 16, 2005. Brubeck died on Dec. 5, 2012, one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Jazz legend Dave Brubeck performs along with his quartet on Nov. 16, 2005. Brubeck died on Dec. 5, 2012, one day shy of his 92nd birthday. (Timm Schamberger/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

Pioneering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck has died.

Russell Gloyd, Brubeck's manager, says he died Wednesday morning of heart failure, after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son. He would have turned 92 on Thursday.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet's pieces such as "Take Five" caught listeners' ears with exotic, challenging rhythms and became enduring standards.

In 1954 he was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine.

The quartet's 1959 album "Time Out" was the first ever million-selling jazz LP. "Take Five," a cut from that album by saxophonist Paul Desmond, became the group's signature theme.

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Robert from Duluth

Take Five, Mr. Brubeck, and thank you for a lifetime of marvelous music.

Dec. 05 2012 11:35 PM

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