Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dave Brubeck (1920-2012)

Dave Brubeck, the pianist, bandleader and composer whose "Take Five" (1959) became the first million-selling jazz single, has died a few days shy of his 92nd birthday.

Later in his career, Brubeck, who had sytudied with Darius Milhaud, produced a number of long-form classical and jazz-classical ("third stream") compositions.

An obituary by Ben Ratliff in The New York Times: