Dave Brubeck, 1920-2012

My favorite jazz pianist of all time, the legendary Dave Brubeck, passed away yesterday at the age of 91, one day shy of his birthday.

(I must thank my sister here for introducing me to Dave’s music by pushing upon me a box set of his music from BMG’s now-defunct mail order service waaaaaaaay back when I was in high school.)

For those of you unfamiliar with Brubeck’s life and pioneering style of composition, here’s a sampling from the outpouring of remembrances published throughout the world as news of his passing spread yesterday (these writers sum up Dave much more eloquently than I ever could.)

Here’s to hoping that Dave is having an epic afterlife jam session with Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Count Basie the way he envisioned back in 2010.

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