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On this day in jazz (July 01)

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On this day in 1959, Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond recorded "Take Five" at Columbia 30th Street Studio in New York City. The song would appear on the album Time Out. The album is noted not only for the great music but also for the unusual time signatures the songs were based on. For example, "Blue Rondo à la Turk" has both 9/8 and 4/4 signatures while "Take Five" uses quintuple time (5/4). "Take Five" was played by Dave on piano, Paul  (also the song's composer) on alto saxophone, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on the drums.

The album Time Out was the first jazz album to be certified platinum by the RIAA and actually reached #2 on the Billboard Pop Charts. It was added to the National Recording Registry in 2005. In 2009, Legacy Records released a 3-CD set with improved audio over the original CD release as well as previously unreleased concert recordings from the 1961, 1963, and 1964 Newport Jazz Festivals. It was also released in "DualDisk" format along with 14 other albums in late 2004. However, due to a rights issue, it was recalled and only 50 known copies of the disk exist. Collectors lucky enough to have grabbed one have one valuable piece of plastic in their collection.

Here's Dave and Paul with "Take Five":

Track listing (all by Dave Brubeck except "Take Five"):


  1. "Blue Rondo à la Turk" 6:44
  2. "Strange Meadow Lark" 7:22
  3. "Take Five"  (Paul Desmond) 5:24
  4. "Three to Get Ready" 5:24
  5. "Kathy's Waltz" 4:48
  6. "Everybody's Jumpin'" 4:23
  7. "Pick Up Sticks" 4:16


Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 August 2016 15:43