Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time

by Philip Clark

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Overview

The definitive, investigative biography of jazz legend Dave Brubeck ("Take Five")

In 2003, music journalist Philip Clark was granted unparalleled access to jazz legend Dave Brubeck. Over the course of ten days, he shadowed the Dave Brubeck Quartet during their extended British tour, recording an epic interview with the bandleader. Brubeck opened up as never before, disclosing his unique approach to jazz; the heady days of his "classic" quartet in the 1950s-60s; hanging out with Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Louis Armstrong, and Miles Davis; and the many controversies that had dogged his 66-year-long career.

Alongside beloved figures like Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra, Brubeck's music has achieved name recognition beyond jazz. But finding a convincing fit for Brubeck's legacy, one that reconciles his mass popularity with his advanced musical technique, has proved largely elusive. In Dave Brubeck: A Life in Time, Clark provides us with a thoughtful, thorough, and long-overdue biography of an extraordinary man whose influence continues to inform and inspire musicians today.

Structured around Clark's extended interview and intensive new research, this book tells one of the last untold stories of jazz, unearthing the secret history of "Take Five" and many hitherto unknown aspects of Brubeck's early career - and about his creative relationship with his star saxophonist Paul Desmond. Woven throughout are cameo appearances from a host of unlikely figures from Sting, Ray Manzarek of The Doors, and Keith Emerson, to John Cage, Leonard Bernstein, Harry Partch, and Edgard Varèse. Each chapter explores a different theme or aspect of Brubeck's life and music, illuminating the core of his artistry and genius. To quote President Obama, as he awarded the musician with a Kennedy Center Honor: "You can't understand America without understanding jazz, and you can't understand jazz without understanding Dave Brubeck."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306921643
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 02/18/2020
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 161,976
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Philip Clark is a music journalist who has written for many leading publications including The Wire, Gramophone, MOJO, Jazzwise, and The Spectator. He also writes for the Guardian, Financial Times, London Review of Books, and the Times Literary Supplement. He trained as a composer but these days prefers to produce his own sounds playing piano as part of a weekly free improvisation workshop. Clark lives in Oxford with his wife, two children, two cats, and more recorded music than he can ever listen to.

Table of Contents

Foreword Chick Corea vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 On the Road 1

Chapter 2 Welcome to Hard Times 31

Chapter 3 Ideas of Order 59

Chapter 4 Manhattan Transfer 83

Chapter 5 Underworld 139

Chapter 6 Another Country 173

Chapter 7 Timequake 223

Chapter 8 Invisible Man 279

Chapter 9 Player Piano 325

Chapter 10 American Pastoral 357

Coda: The Idea of the Dave Brubeck Quartet 389

Acknowledgments 399

Discography 405

Bibliography 411

Index 415

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