EDITOR’S NOTE:  Jazz legend Dave Brubeck died today of heart failure, one day short of his 92nd birthday.  The following is a reprint of a music playlist that appeared here May 6, 2012.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet‘s 1959 album “Time Out” strikes me as one of those albums that Hugh Hefner had to have recommended highly to all the playboys who ever paid attention to him and the style he exuded in the time he ran his girlie magazine.

Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet (Photo credit: mr.smashy)

How many bachelors have had it in their collection over the years, just waiting for that right time to dim the lights as that bottle of wine sat chilling on ice nearby, and the sounds of “Take Five” were oozing from the speakers of that state-of-the-art hi-fi system with a “special someone” as the target?  It defies even shooting for a ballpark figure.

Yeah, that one song alone would be pretty much all it would take.

The album is an all-time classic.  “Take Five” by itself has made it timeless.  It was a trend-setter.  The name came from its 5/4 time signature, which hadn’t caught on quite yet with a mainstream audience.  At least it didn’t until the Brubeck quartet pushed it into the spotlight for everyone in the world to hear.

It’s funny how it takes just one artist to “color outside the lines” and have a whole new wave take shape.

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