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Dave Brubeck and Iola Whitlock Brubeck, pictured in 1942.
Photo courtesy of the Holt-Atherton Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library.
Milvertons’ Jazz Favourites — 8 / 35 → Dave Brubeck
Dave Brubeck was a pianist who worked in the Cool, West Coast, and Third Stream realms of jazz. Born in Concord, California in 1920 to a cattle rancher and piano teacher, Brubeck did not originally plan to become a musician and couldn’t even read music, a fact he hid until it was discovered when he was in college. His unique sound, the use of an abundance of chords rather than single notes, can in part be attributed to an injury he sustained while surfing, which resulted in nerve pains in his hands. In 1951 he formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet, which would run into the late 60s, though he would continue to play with various formations until his death in 2012. I love Brubeck’s cool sound and there is a particular voicing present in his music that is immediately recognizable. It is sometimes introspective without being overly melancholy, which suits when one is in a contemplative, but optimistic mood.
One of the reasons I believe in jazz is that the oneness of man can come through the rhythm of your heart. It’s the same anyplace in the world, that heartbeat. It’s the first thing you hear when you’re born — or before you’re born — and it’s the last thing you hear.