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In ricordo di Dave Brubeck
Desmond e Brubeck negli anni 40
During the war both Desmond and Brubeck served in army bands. Brubeck
was asked to organize one, which spared him from fighting in the Battle
of the Bulge. He insisted that the band be racially integrated. He had
met Desmond (who had tried out for a band and was rejected) in 1944.
After the war they hooked up briefly but had a falling out. Desmond had
gone to New York, but then heard a Brubeck trio on the radio. He decided
to seek out Brubeck in California and offer his services. It was a hard
sell until Desmond offered to babysit Brubeck’s children. Eventually
there were six—five boys and a girl. Their quartet began in 1951 and
“Take Five” became its signature. Their sound was different from any
other jazz group and was influenced by the training that Brubeck had
received from people like Darius Milhaud. He named one of his boys
“Darius.” Jeremy Bernstein, nybooks.