He didn't invent jazz, but he played a huge part in bringing it into the mainstream of popular music. His record breaking album, "Time Out" was the first Jazz album to sell a million copies and went to #2 on the album charts in 1961. From that album came a single called "Take Five" that is now considered a jazz classic.

Brubeck died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius, said his manager Russell Gloyd. Brubeck would have turned 92 on Thursday.


Rather than go into Brubeck's lengthy career and musical legacy, I've just decided to post a live performance of the classic Brubeck Quartet performing "Take Five." Along with Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond, who passed away back in 1977, plays his classic sax lead on this one.