Take Five (recounted)
From ‘Take Five’ to ‘Five Will Get You Ten’ , we have mixed 19 ‘Pure Jazz‘ tunes around the theme of ‘Five‘. It has Jackie McLean, Grover Washington, Eliane Elias, Gerry Mulligan and many more.
Bert Scholtes: The compositional credits for Take Five were given to Paul Desmond, but according to Dave Brubeck, it was the joint efforts of the band-members. By combining two themes Desmond had come up with in an A-B-A manner, using B as a bridge, Brubeck made a song. Then, it was decided to base the improvised part of the song on one simple chord change before Joe Morello’s drum-solo. After that, they would play the A-B-A thing again, and there you had it, Take Five was constructed.
Keno : In 1960, Hound Dog cut his first single,”Baby Is Coming Home”/”Take Five”, for Bea & Baby. But outside of Chicago, the single went no where (.. but honestly, it has nothing to do with Brubeck’s Take Five)
Chuck Miller : Because the Army also used Vinylite for insulation and life rafts, V-Discs used a second resin – Formvar, a Canadian-invented polyvinyl – in conjunction with Vinylite (one of the companies that pressed records for V-Disc, Columbia, refused to use either compound, instead making V-Discs out of whatever shellac they could allocate).
Val Bennett on Wikipedia : Notable tracks by Bennett include “The Russians Are Coming” (1968), a cover of “Take Five” by the Dave Brubeck Quartet, which would later go on to be used as the theme tune to the British television series The Secret Life of Machines in the 1990s; and “Tons Of Gold” (1970), with the Harry J Allstars, a version of their track “The Liquidator”.
Big Road Blues : White was a popular singer of the 30’s and 40’s who cut around a hundred sides for Decca between 1930 and 1941. In 1936 she cut five sides backed by guitarist Les Paul who just passed away on August 13th. These are among Paul’s first recordings and it’s clear he’s already an accomplished guitarist.
Carmen Mcrae : Carmen meets jazz pianist Teddy Wilson’s wife, composer and pianist Irene Kitchings. Irene introduces Carmen to many swing era jazz stars, including singer Billie Holiday. Carmen gives Billie a copy of one of her early jazz songs, “Dream of Life,” which Billie records on January 20, 1939, on the Vocalian label
Trudy Pitts : Jazz made its way into Trudy’s life and was nurtured by her soul mate and husband, Bill Carney (a.k.a. Mr. C). He became a major influence shaping and implementing Trudy’s musical skills.