The title is, of course

Continuing with an approach that offers a “cool” concept ( as opposed to the fiery, and aggressive bop and hard bop) is our 2nd cut. Dave Brubeck, being inspired from travels to Turkey, Greece, and the Middle East, wanted to record an entire album of music that explored different time signatures than the standard 4/4 and ¾ time that identified most American music, and especially jazz and popular music. What resulted was the album Time Out, which went on to become one of the top selling jazz albums of all time ( 3rd only to Davis’ Kind of Blue, and Coltrane’s A Love Supreme). We offer here the most famous track from that album: speed dating

“Take Five”. The title is, of course, a play on words, offering us a clue into the time signature of the tune, which is in 5/4 time. A swinging groove starts the track from drummer Morello, joined by Brubeck on piano, and finally bassist Wright. Desmond states the melody and embarks on a swinging solo, over the A “section” of the tune, (which is essentially the opening vamp) followed by a heated drum solo from Morello, and then Desmond returns us to the head of the tune, closing on a repeated vamp that opened the track. A personal anecdote/story from Brubeck (from Ken Burns film: Jazz ) sheds light into the compositional/arranging process of this tune. Paul Desmond, Brubeck’s alto saxophonist, had written the tune and brought it in for rehearsal. The song was in ABA form, and when he heard it, Brubeck suggested that he Desmond switch the “A” and “B” sections, as originally Desmond had the tune beginning with what we now know as the bridge or “B” section. Brubeck’s instincts regarding this appear to have been “on the money” as the tune subsequently became one of the most beloved jazz standards of all time!