Thursday, March 6, 2008

Take Fifty-Five

On Sunday, I forgot to mark the 55th anniversary of the performance by the Dave Brubeck Quartet at Oberlin College immortalized in the great album Jazz at Oberlin. The album was recorded live in concert at Oberlin's Finney Chapel on March 2, 1953. Although the Quartet's best-known number, Paul Desmond's "Take Five," doesn't appear on that album, I thought I'd include the following video, which features drummer Joe Morello's stunning solo.


Jim H. said...

Joe Morello was my hero! And more than any other tune, Take Five cemented a life-long appreciation of jazz.

Barrett Deems was another legendary drummer of the era. I'm off to search for a Barrett Deems video!

Jim H. said...


For all your readers whose appetites were whetted by the Joe Morello clip,I offer two clips of Barrett Deems drum solos over at the blog Trout Fishing in Minnesota.


fabrile heart said...

I was always more ballet than contemporary dance as a child, but I did dance once to Take Five, and have always loved that piece. A little trip down memory lane!

Christopher Tassava said...

Fantastic video, fantastic song. How can that song not blow you away? You'd have to be dead inside. After I check out the Barrett Deems clips, I'ma listen to the whole album.

(More more more jazz posts, too! Did you see the Bad Plus when they played in Northfield last winter?)

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