Dave Brubeck Quartet
JAZZ ICON // HISTORY
QUARTET – Paul Desmond; saxophone.
EDUCATION – Worked way through college as a jazz pianist in local clubs. He decided to not be a veterinarian and ranch worker and changed his major to music. His professors wanted to kick him out for not being able to read music but his talented made up for it. He had to promise to never teach piano lessons to graduate. He was drafted into the army. After, helped establish Fantasy Records, in Berkeley, CA.
WHAT SETS APART – Very old and has been recognized musician since 1949. Helped launch “West Coast Jazz” or “Cool” Jazz. Played on college campuses and recordings probably gathered more new groups to jazz and any other in jazz history. He was the first jazz artist to see over one million copies of his album. He was one of two jazz musicians to be on the cover of Time Magazine.
CULTURAL REFRENCES – Some of his records used contemporary paintings as cover art.
Light hearted, going for a stroll, bouncing dot, upbeat; but calm.
Old, smokey, classic, light saturation.
Colors in contemporary paintings, abstract.
Sharp and smooth, quartet combination; quick and slow contrast with piano and saxophone.
Piano is always present with different combinations of the quartet adding in splashes.
Sleek, sophisticated, silver.
Feels like splashes of paint on water color.
Happy sunny day, busy street, city noises.