The pioneering jazz pianist passed away this morning of heart failure, just one day shy of his 92nd birthday. Fans across the Twitterverse are sharing memories and tributes in celebration of Brubeck’s life and contribution to music:
You hear “Take 5” everywhere because its unique 5/4 time MESSES WITH YOU & forces you to boogie. Count the beat. Move. Thanks Dave.
— rob delaney (@robdelaney) December 5, 2012
song of the day: WINTER WONDERLAND – DAVE BRUBECK (R.I.P.)
— Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas) December 5, 2012
Won. Too. 3. Fore. Take 5ive #Brubeck
— Questo of The Roots (@questlove) December 5, 2012
10 years ago i had the privilege of meeting and sharing a stage with Dave Brubeck. Very sad to hear of his passing.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/…
— moby (@thelittleidiot) December 5, 2012
R.I.P. – Dave Brubeck ‘Takes the A Train’ to Heaven – m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=EbUk…
— Adam Baldwin (@adamsbaldwin) December 5, 2012
RIP Dave Brubeck: 5/4 will never be the same.
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) December 5, 2012
RIP Dave Brubeck, who turned esoteric avant-garde experiments into some of the most accessible, best-known music of the 20th century.
— Andrew Barker (@barkerrant) December 5, 2012
Brubeck! There’s a very special place for him up there. What a gift.
— Devon Pendleton (@DevonPendleton) December 5, 2012
Very sorry to hear of the death of Dave Brubeck, the man was a musical genius.
— Calum McGregor (@RightWingPixie) December 5, 2012
1-2-3-1-2. 1-2-3-1-2. Thinking about Dave Brubeck and all of the times I’ve counted under his music. Thanks.
— marktsweeney (@marktsweeney) December 5, 2012
Extremely sad to hear about Dave Brubeck. His groups are all among the biggest influences on me as a writer, beyond the genre.
— Dylan Ryan (@dylino_ryno) December 5, 2012
Brubeck was one of my heroes. Very rarely can someone compose so effortlessly in difficult time signatures, something I aspire to
— Chris Baker (@crubba) December 5, 2012
When we had our first kid, a friend gave us Brubeck’s Time Out cd. We played the heck out of that thing and never got tired of it.
— Mike Grosvenor (@gro7or) December 5, 2012
RIP, Dave Brubeck, one of the genuine giants of jazz music. His music will be ubiquitous today, as it always should be. Thanks, Mr. Brubeck.
— Shawn Sensiba (@shawnsensiba) December 5, 2012
RIP Dave Brubeck. A truly inspirational musical mind.
— Alex Ryan Milsted (@alexmilsted) December 5, 2012
Dave Brubeck was the reason I played saxophone as a kid. Take five, sir.
— Danielle (@MississippiMama) December 5, 2012
Dave Brubeck. RIP. he unlocked uncommon time for so many of us. Rare talent. #brubeck
— Eric Wilson (@Woodrownet) December 5, 2012
Wow, Dave Brubeck died today at 91. When I was 17, he and Paul Desmond meant the world to me. It was all about expressiveness.
— Peter Straub (@peterstraubnyc) December 5, 2012
History of pop music almost entirely songs in 4/4 or 3/4. It takes a genius to make a worldwide hit out of a 5/4 number. Dave Brubeck RIP.
— Fraser Nelson (@frasernelson) December 5, 2012
My fave Dave Brubeck Quartet album is “Dave Digs Disney” (1957), and particularly their version of “So This Is Love” from “Cinderella”.
— William Newton (@wbdnewton) December 5, 2012
Just found out Dave Brubeck died. Saw him live many times at Newport, RI Jazzfest. Take Five was soundtrack to my husband’s wooing of me
— Breadchick (@Breadchick) December 5, 2012
My earliest drum chops were learned trying to play along to ‘Take Five’. RIP jazz legend Dave Brubeck.
— jian ghomeshi (@jianghomeshi) December 5, 2012
R.I.Pdave brubeck.got to see him play as a kid, pure genius and an amazing life story. true legend.
— gary powell (@gdogg27) December 5, 2012
I remember driving upstate with my dad begging to play my music. Dad: “Only if we listen to Jazz 1st. First tape I heard, Dave Brubeck. #RIP
— Daniel Halioua (@dhalioua) December 5, 2012
Sad to hear of Dave Brubeck. Heard him live a few years back. He was helped out the piano and then played an amazing show. Rest in peace.
— Susan Robertson (@susanjrobertson) December 5, 2012
Dave Brubeck died 1 day short of his 92nd birthday. Perfect syncopation.
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) December 5, 2012
#Brubeck, dead at 91, what time that old heart kept, how its rhythms let us all appreciate the antic beat of change. Thanks, Dave. Take 5.
— Boiarski (@Boiarski) December 5, 2012
Beautifully put. RIP.