35 Years, 6 Months, 5 Days Ago

Dave BrubeckIt’s sad whenever someone who is not actively evil dies. So I’m sad that Dave Brubeck died. But here’s the thing…

He wasn’t great. Don’t get me wrong: he had his moments. He was a very capable jazz pianist. But Bill Evans he wasn’t. But here’s another thing…

If I could be Bill Evans or Dave Brubeck, I would pick Brubeck in a second! First, he got 40 years more. Second, he had a regular, happy life. Other than the music, the same cannot be said for Evans. (There’s nothing like an expensive heroin and then cocaine habit to make the regular parts of life a hell of a lot harder.) So Brubeck had the better life and that should be enough without all of us kissing his metaphorical ass.

There is one thing I really like about Brubeck as a musician: Paul Desmond. He is what made the Dave Brubeck Quartet really work. And he is the reason why 99% of you even know who the hell Brubeck is. Desmond died 35 years, 6 months, and 5 days ago—just for the record, since you didn’t even notice.

Here is the Quartet playing their most famous tune with its writer on alto sax:


I know you want it:

Hear the difference? (And if you don’t, please don’t tell me.)

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Frank Moraes is a freelance writer and editor online and in print. He is educated as a scientist with a PhD in Atmospheric Physics. He has worked in climate science, remote sensing, throughout the computer industry, and as a college physics instructor. Find out more at About Frank Moraes.

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