The good-natured Dave Brubeck

Since the passing this week of jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, I've kept returning to his music throughout the day.A track from which I've taken particular pleasure is "For All We Know," a slow but swinging song played by the Dave Brubeck Quartet at the 1958 Monterey Jazz Festival.The annual festival is still a going concern today, but that inaugural year was tricky. The organizers were unable to secure the permits required to keep the planes flying in and out of Monterey's airport from … [Read more...]

How the Lord’s Prayer brought Dave Brubeck to the church

Jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck died earlier today at ninety-one, just a day shy of his ninety-second birthday.Known for his ability to make magic happen with unconventional meters, Brubeck leaves behind a hefty catalogue of amazing jazz. Albums like Time Out and Jazz Impressions of Japan continue to impress on the hundredth listen as much as they surprised on the first.What some may not know is that Brubeck also leaves behind several wonderful sacred compositions. (His obituary … [Read more...]