Saturday, December 08, 2012
Our ears are moved by music, just as our eyes adjust to varying degrees of light and dark. Music's ability to set or altar our mood instantly creates within ourselves curiosity about the world. There's always a chance for adaptation and inspiration.
Thursday, December 06, 2012
Dave Brubeck, one of the most influential and popular figures in jazz, died Wednesday of heart failure in Norwalk, Conn., the day before he would have turned 92 years old.
Best known for his iconic quartet recordings from the late 1950s and '60s -- particularly on his seminal 1959 album Time Out -- Brubeck brought an inventive polyrhythmic approach to composition that changed the shape and sound of jazz.
"He made the name 'Dave' cool," says Gary Giddins, jazz critic and Executive Director of the Leon Levy Center for Biography at CUNY's Graduate Center. "He made horn-rimmed glasses cool. The guy looked in so many ways to be so square -- and yet he really did become a defining figure that people just gravitated to."
Giddins joins us to remember Brubeck's iconic style in a career that spanned almost seven decades and more than 100 albums and to play three of his favorite songs from the pianist and composer.
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
By Brian Wise
Dave Brubeck, who died Wednesday at age 91, wrote large-scale symphonic and choral works that expanded music's possibilities.
Sunday, July 18, 2004
Oddly enough... this episode of New Sounds features music in odd meters -- such unconventional groupings as 7/8, 11/8 or 5/4. Among on the selections on tap is Dave Brubeck's celebrated "Take Five" (penned by Paul Desmond), a piece steeped in the West Coast-cool school and bound by the use of the jaunty 5/4 meter. Other works dip into ethnic traditions, such as the lopsided 7/8, 9/8, or 11/8 time signatures of Kocani Orkestar (from the Republic of Macedonia). And globe-trotting percussionist Glen Velez (pictured) has created dozens of works which build layer upon layer of complex rhythm using the most basic of tools.
Saturday, April 03, 2004
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his wife Lola are being honored this week by the University of the Pacific for their lifelong commitment to social justice. Brubeck established himself early on with the jazz mega-hit, "Take 5." He's gone on to write many other kinds of music since, including ...
Saturday, April 03, 2004
Kurt Andersen joins artist and photographer Catherine Chalmers in her studio, with her menagerie of crickets, worms, and tree frogs. They talk about insects as creative collaborators and as material for art. In Wisconsin, thousands of dragon flies and beetles get pinned to a wall in delightful patterns. A composer in ...
Friday, March 19, 2004
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck is coming to New York in a few days, to revisit arrangements he and some of his college classmates made together in the 1940's. Sara Fishko found Brubeck at work, recently...and he’s the subject of this edition of the Fishko Files...