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.

IMAGE : Photo by Katie Dureault

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)

Hard Bop : Art Farmer met Gigi Gryce in the summer of 1953. Three were joint efforts by himself and Quincy Jones, the bright young arranger who was then playing trumpet with Hampton

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,[4] 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.

PLAYLIST : Val Bennett – Take Five (3.40) . Weather Report – Five Short Stories (6.56) . The Miles Davis Quintet – Blues By Five (10.03) . Bill Evans – Five (5.27) . Art Farmer – Five spot after dark (4.55) . Carmen Mcrae With The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Take Five (2.15) . Henry Mancini – Hawaii Five-0 (2.18) . Frank Sinatra – Five Minutes More (2.37) . Michael Brecker – Five months from midnight (7.41) . Eliane Elias – Five (5.00) . Grover Washington – Take Five (Take Another Five) (5.02) . Trummy Young & The Guys From V-Discs – Four Or Five Times (5.09) . Gerry Mulligan – Five Brothers (3.01) . Count Basie – The Fives (2.47) . Art Pepper – Five More (4.41) . Jackie McLean – Five Will Get You Ten (7.08) . Trudy Pitts – Tru Take Five (4.36) . Ella Fitzgerald – Five O’Clock Whistle (3.05) . Georgia White – If you Can’t Get Five, Take Two (2.58) .


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