Brubeck, who died of heart failure in Norwalk, Conn., was known for playing defiant, unconventional jazz music that stretched the genre. His best-known piece, "Take Five" was written by his long-time musical partner, alto-saxophonist Paul Desmond, and remains is one of the Dave Brubeck Quartet's more recognizable compositions.
"Take Five," which is composed in the unusual 5/4 time, was part of an experimental album Take Out on which all the songs were composed in time signatures not considered standard for Western Jazz.
Blue Rondo à la Turk
Theme from Mr. Broadway
He began composing orchestral and choral works after the Dave Brubeck Quartet disbanded in 1967, including a cantata mixing Biblical scripture with the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., called The Gates of Justice.