Dave Brubeck's Death: What the Industry is Saying

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The renowned Jazz pianist known for his time-signatures died Wednesday at 91.

Hollywood is joining the jazz community to mourn the death of jazz legend Dave Brubeck on Wednesday. Brubeck died of heart failure and would have been 92 today.

"RIP Dave Brubeck," musician, composer and producer Quincy Jones tweeted." One of the great jazz pianists and composers of our generation." 

Jazz musician Earl Klugh, who has had 12 Grammy nominations and five No. 1 records on Billboard's Jazz Album chart, tweeted, "So sad to hear of Dave Brubeck's passing. Thank you for your greatness, Mr. Brubeck! Your legacy will live forever!


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Jazz critic and historian Ted Gioia first met Brubeck when he was writing his book West Coast Jazz. "Dave deeply impressed me, and not just as a musician," Gioia told the Oxford University Press yesterday. "He was a very caring family man, a good dad and husband – never a given in the entertainment industry." 

Gioia also took to Twitter to post his condolences saying, "R.I. P. Dave Brubeck (1920-2012), a brilliant musician, a great innovator and a class act in every sense of the word.

Gene Seymour, another jazz critic, told CNN that Brubeck "was the paradigmatic 'good guy' of post-World War II Jazz. But he was, of course, more than that. He was one of the rare jazz musicians whose name and face were easily recognized by those who don't know much about jazz." 

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The loss of Brubeck wasn't only felt in the jazz community. Hugh Hefner posted on Twitter, "I am saddened by the news of the death of jazz giant Dave Brubeck. He was a friend who appeared in the first Playboy Jazz festival in 1959."

Ron Pearlman, who played Hellboy in the 2004 film and its 2008 sequel, also took to Twitter and referenced Brubeck's famous hit "Take Five," saying, "I'm grieving in 5/4 time; rest in peace, Dave Brubeck."

Donald Trump tweeted "Dave Brubeck was great and will be missed." 

Brubeck was the first jazz pianist to break 4/4 time by adding a fifth beat to the measure, notes Gioia. "Take Five" popularized the time signature.  

One of the seminal figures in the history of American jazz and the man behind the quartet that forged the polyrhythmically artful 1959 album Time Out, Brubeck died Wednesday morning of heart failure after being stricken while on his way to a cardiology appointment in Norwalk, Conn.

The pianist and composer formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951 and on Nov. 8, 1954, he became the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine. 

Hours after his death, Brubeck received a posthumous Grammy nomination, in the best instrumental category, for Ansel Adams: America, a symphonic piece he co-wrote with his son, Chris.