Dave Brubeck died Wednesday, a day short of his 92nd birthday, drawing to an end a remarkable career as a jazz pianist that spanned more than 60 years.
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.