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Dave Brubeck

December 6, 1920 - December 5, 2012
born in Concord, CA, composed during the Modern period
Dave Brubeck is one of today's most famous prolific jazz composers and pianists, known worldwide for such pieces as Take Five (written by saxophonist Paul Desmond) and his own compositions In Your Own Sweet Way and Blue Rondo à la Turk. He and the Dave Brubeck Quartet are largely credited with the post-World War II jazz revival as part of the school known as West Coast jazz. The son of a piano teacher and a rancher, he had an early talent for playing and improvising, but had originally planned to be a rancher. After briefly studying veterinary science, he eventually studied music at the College of the Pacific (and was almost not allowed to graduate because he couldn't read music) and, after military service during the war, at Mills College with Darius Milhaud, who further encouraged his interest in jazz. He formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 with Bob Bates, Joe Dodge, and Desmond, and they released their first album, Jazz at Oberlin, in 1953. Their next album, Jazz Goes to College, was released the next year and sold over 100,000 copies, propelling the quartet and Brubeck to fame. His works became known for their musical sophistication and experimentation, particularly in using unusual time signatures and often combining classical elements with jazz while remaining popular with a mainstream audience as well as jazz and classical aficionados. In 1959, the quartet (with only Brubeck and Desmond of the original four) released its most famous album, Time Out, and Take Five became the first jazz piece to sell more than one million copies. In 1960, Brubeck wrote his first ballet, Points on Jazz, and the next year, a musical-like composition, The Real Ambassadors, which premiered with Louis Armstrong at the 1962 Monterey Jazz Festival. In 1967, Brubeck left the quartet to pursue other types of compositions, including ballets, operas, cantatas, songs, and a Mass, but continued to perform jazz in guest appearances with other groups. Through the Brubeck Institute, he also supports young jazz musicians through scholarships and establishing jazz outreach programs in schools. His sons Matthew, Chris, Darius, and Dan, are also jazz musicians who have frequently performed with their father. ~ Anne Feeney, Rovi
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Track List: Dave Brubeck: Nocturnes

Title: Nocturnes, For Piano

1. Nocturnes, For Piano: Blue Lake Tahoe

2. Nocturnes, For Piano: Looking At A Rainbow

3. Nocturnes, For Piano: Nostalgia De México

4. Nocturnes, For Piano: Strange Meadowlark

5. Nocturnes, For Piano: Recuerdo

6. Nocturnes, For Piano: Softly, William, Softly

7. Nocturnes, For Piano: Study In Fourths

8. Nocturnes, For Piano: Chorale

9. Nocturnes, For Piano: Upstage Rhumba

10. Nocturnes, For Piano: Bluette

11. Nocturnes, For Piano: Quiet As The Moon

12. Nocturnes, For Piano: Lost Waltz

13. Nocturnes, For Piano: The Desert And The Parched Land

14. Nocturnes, For Piano: Five For Ten Small Fingers

15. Nocturnes, For Piano: Soaring

16. Nocturnes, For Piano: Lullaby

17. Nocturnes, For Piano: Home Without Iola

18. Nocturnes, For Piano: (I Still Am In Love With) A Girl Named Oli

19. Nocturnes, For Piano: Joshua Redman

20. Nocturnes, For Piano: Audrey

21. Nocturnes, For Piano: Memories Of A Viennese Park

22. Nocturnes, For Piano: Koto Song

23. Nocturnes, For Piano: Mr. Fats

24. Nocturnes, For Piano: A Misty Morning

25. Nocturnes, For Piano: I See, Satie

26. Nocturnes, For Piano: Going To Sleep

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Track List: Songs

1. All My Love, For Voice & Piano: All My Love

2. Strange Meadow Lark: Strange Meadowlark

3. The Things You Never Remember, For Voice & Piano: Things You Never Remember

4. So Lonely, For Voice & Piano: So Lonely

5. Don't Forget Me, For Voice & Piano: Don't Forget Me

6. There'll Be No Tomorrow, For Voice & Piano: There'll Be No Tomorrow

7. The Time Of Our Madness, For Voice & Piano: Time Of Our Madness

8. Tao For Solo Voice: Tao

9. Final Curve / Search, For Voice & Piano: Final Curve/search

10. Dream Dust / Hold Fast To Dreams, For Voice & Piano: Dream Dust/hold Fast To Dreams

11. Hold Fast To Dreams, For Voice & Piano: Hold Fast To Dreams

12. The Dream Keeper, For 2 Voices & Piano: Dream Keeper

13. Day After Day, For Voice & Piano: Day After Day

14. Once When I Was Very Young, For Voice & Piano: Once When I Was Very Young

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I just love all Dave's music!!!
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I live all of Dave Brubecks music. His sons are magnificent also.

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