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Dave Brubeck — Blue Rondo a la Turk
Album: Time Out
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Released: 1959
Length: 6:41
Plays (last 30 days): 1
(Instrumental)
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 Cueburned wrote:
I'd say it's timeless, but clearly it has so many times.  

 

Good one

 MassivRuss wrote:
What's with all the 8, 9 ratings people?!!!
 
 crogers wrote:

Must be something you just don't understand.  

All hope is not lost however — sit, close your eyes and listen to it as if it were the background music for a wonderfully relaxing vacation you're having, perhaps hangin' out by the pool at a hotel on Maui, or cruising in a yacht around Montego Bay gazing at the beautiful beach, the beautiful sunset and the beautiful people, or maybe just enjoying a picnic on a woolen blanket under the sunshine of a gorgeous Newport afternoon - sipping a dry martini that your lover just mixed up for you with a smile.  Expand those horizons — the world is a big place with a million ways to experience things. Don't sell yourself short.
 
The poster you're responding to (MassiveRuss) gave this song a "10" rating.
So much of the jazz from that era seems to have an air of cheerful optimism
(mind you, I'm totally uneducated about jazz).
This is so incredibly cool that it doesn't care if it sounds square.
The first Jazz album I acquired when I was a young teenager.  This is the track that got me "into" all the jazz concerts, clubs that I have visited all over the world and all albums that I own today.  Thanks, Dave, Paul, Joe and Eugene.  RIP Dave, Paul and Joe.  You were all responsible for one of the greatest albums of all time, imho.
This is as iconic and beautiful as it was listening to my parent's album on the Hi Fi in the 60s.  And as I was listening, I thought about Donald Fagen's 'New Frontier'...sure enough Bill was on the same wavelength as guess what song followed...? Yay!
 expatlar wrote:
One of the many jazz pieces that makes me just shake my head at the "I hate jazz" crowd. "Just play the right note"? WTF are you even talking about?
 

No shitskeez 
Growing up - I remember a few albums my parents had. This one because of the amazing music, Marty Robbins - Gunfighter Ballads, for the lyrics, and Herb Albert - Taste of Honey, for the cover. 
 BBoyes wrote:
His time signatures are way cool. Is there anyone even remotely similar to Dave Brubeck? So glad I got to hear him live, more than once. Love the tempo switches on this one too. Brilliant. The antithesis of banal, repetitious pop.

 
In many Yes' albums there are similar brainteasers, too.
 DanielHLloyd wrote:
Why is there no ELEVEN rating for this song!?!? {#Notworthy}
 
I'm with you...
Why is there no ELEVEN rating for this song!?!? {#Notworthy}
One of the many jazz pieces that makes me just shake my head at the "I hate jazz" crowd. "Just play the right note"? WTF are you even talking about?
Anyone home? Please fix the metadata to update Now Playing.
Dave Brubeck seems to have gone in a new direction.
Anyone home? Please fix the metadata to update Now Playing. 
Hey Bill fix the metadata feed. Still showing Blue Rondo by Brubeck as now playing. 
 Ashloh wrote:
Zzzzzzz
 

 
An 8.1 rating!  Yea, go back to sleep! LOL ^_^
Zzzzzzz
 
Credit for album cover art:
https://www.aiga.org/s-neil-fujita-1921-2010 
The countless times I have heard this piece over the years I suddenly picked up on a Gershwin likeness today, would I be incorrect ??
 Cueburned wrote:
I'd say it's timeless, but clearly it has so many times.  

 
I like your comment. {#Wink}
I'd say it's timeless, but clearly it has so many times.  
I need a "hanging out on a hammock" emoticon.  
What a beautiful way to start the weekend on a beautiful May day.

This song makes you look at the day differently: time, space, light.   

And it makes you walk funny. 
 
 j1sey wrote:
Dave Brubeck is like Music to the Ears....{#Cool}

 
Truly art and 
time
some  have it! 
Dave Brubeck is like Music to the Ears....{#Cool}
 crogers wrote:

Must be something you just don't understand.  

All hope is not lost however — sit, close your eyes and listen to it as if it were the background music for a wonderfully relaxing vacation you're having, perhaps hangin' out by the pool at a hotel on Maui, or cruising in a yacht around Montego Bay gazing at the beautiful beach, the beautiful sunset and the beautiful people, or maybe just enjoying a picnic on a woolen blanket under the sunshine of a gorgeous Newport afternoon - sipping a dry martini that your lover just mixed up for you with a smile.  Expand those horizons — the world is a big place with a million ways to experience things. Don't sell yourself short.

 
"clink"   cheers!

Beautiful 
a masterpiece...always used this on vinyl to check quality of a playback system.
Very good.
{#Drummer}{#Fire}{#Bananapiano}
Those Crazy Turks. by Turgut Ozakman,
A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility,by Taner Akcam,
Joe Morello!!!  {#Drummer}
 idiot_wind wrote:
What is the beat/time in the beginning and end? Is it 9/4? I can never figure it out. 

 It way too trippy!!!!

 
9/8 time - 4/4 in the middle part.
as Frank Sinatra said, "play it cool, man".
His time signatures are way cool. Is there anyone even remotely similar to Dave Brubeck? So glad I got to hear him live, more than once. Love the tempo switches on this one too. Brilliant. The antithesis of banal, repetitious pop.
At points it sounded like Gentle Giant, maybe this is where they got some of their beat from.

C'mon now this is pretty good stuff... 
I don't get it either.   And I'm sorry, that beat is far too fast for  what I'd find relaxing.

 

crogers wrote:

Must be something you just don't understand.  

All hope is not lost however — sit, close your eyes and listen to it as if it were the background music for a wonderfully relaxing vacation you're having, perhaps hangin' out by the pool at a hotel on Maui, or cruising in a yacht around Montego Bay gazing at the beautiful beach, the beautiful sunset and the beautiful people, or maybe just enjoying a picnic on a woolen blanket under the sunshine of a gorgeous Newport afternoon - sipping a dry martini that your lover just mixed up for you with a smile.  Expand those horizons — the world is a big place with a million ways to experience things. Don't sell yourself short.

 


 MassivRuss wrote:
What's with all the 8, 9 ratings people?!!!

 
Must be something you just don't understand.  

All hope is not lost however — sit, close your eyes and listen to it as if it were the background music for a wonderfully relaxing vacation you're having, perhaps hangin' out by the pool at a hotel on Maui, or cruising in a yacht around Montego Bay gazing at the beautiful beach, the beautiful sunset and the beautiful people, or maybe just enjoying a picnic on a woolen blanket under the sunshine of a gorgeous Newport afternoon - sipping a dry martini that your lover just mixed up for you with a smile.  Expand those horizons — the world is a big place with a million ways to experience things. Don't sell yourself short.
What's with all the 8, 9 ratings people?!!!
PSD.  But, then, what do I know.
 idiot_wind wrote:
What is the beat/time in the beginning and end? Is it 9/4? I can never figure it out. 

 It way too trippy!!!!

 
Yes, as far as I can tell... but it mostly manifests as a bar of 6 followed by a bar of 3 three times and then every fourth measure having three bars of even three.
And then, of course, breaks into a slicked-back "sup ladies" jazz groove, cause why not right?

Easy 10.
PSD
Some darn song has to be the greatest jazz tune of all time. I'd put this in line with Miles' "All Blues"  and  Sarah Vaughn's  "April In Paris."
 Antigone wrote:
Wondering just what mind altering substance likely fueled this masterpiece?

 
It's the deadly drug "Master Musicianship!" Makes me hit the streets looking for more... and more...
What is the beat/time in the beginning and end? Is it 9/4? I can never figure it out. 

 It way too trippy!!!!
so fun!
Quite fond of this !
That Oakland boy is ALWAYS a 10...Jazzcredible!
 RIDICULOUS COMPOSITION!!!
 
coding_to_music wrote:
similarities to Vince Guaraldi
Very observant. Time Out came out after Brubeck and crew had spent some time in San Francisco with homeboys Guaraldi and Turk Murphy (the "Turk" in the song title). This one is as much a homage to their sensibilities as an exercise in time signatures. Yes, I understand some of the antipathy toward Guaraldi and believe it's largely undeserved. De mortuis nil nisi bonum.
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Claude Nougaro sang a great version of this. "A bout de souffle".

 
Here it is... 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IWJYt1pdh8
Wondering just what mind altering substance likely fueled this masterpiece?
 CoYoT51 wrote:
Claude Nougaro sang a great version of this. "A bout de souffle".

 
right ! love his personnal version. Quite a challenge ....{#Whisper}
 idiot_wind wrote:
Like walking down a street sideways, with a tilted body, taking three steps forward and two back, doing a few circles, and keep going forward.  Always going forward  

And people stare in wide wonder...but you are in a groove, you see? Who cares?

 
Possibly because your sweatshirt says: Ministry of Silly Walks.
 grazie wrote:
Good album, but highly over rated. Possibly the jazz album for people who don't generally like jazz.

 
nope :D
definitely NOT for people who generally don't like jazz
{#No}
Claude Nougaro sang a great version of this. "A bout de souffle".
Like walking down a street sideways, with a tilted body, taking three steps forward and two back, doing a few circles, and keep going forward.  Always going forward  

And people stare in wide wonder...but you are in a groove, you see? Who cares?
Great album a Jazz album for people who like music !
 grazie wrote:
Good album, but highly over rated. Possibly the jazz album for people who don't generally like jazz.

 
I use this album when trying to induct a newb into the jazz fold. Very accessible without being overly simple. Personally, I could never get sick of this song. 

Good album, but highly over rated. Possibly the jazz album for people who don't generally like jazz.
 gjr wrote:
seminal jazz album.  impossible to not have this in your jazz library.....along w/blue train and 'round midnight....three MUST haves

 
To those, I would add Kind of Blue.
 By_The_Bay wrote:
Sounds like some prog rockers of the 70's may have borrowed from this.

  THE SMART ONES STILL ARE.....


 By_The_Bay wrote:
Sounds like some prog rockers of the 70's may have borrowed from this.

 
No doubt. And most of them freely admit it. Glad they did.

Cool is cool.
{#Sunny}{#Sunny}{#Sunny}{#Sunny}where is that sax icon, BILL?
Sounds like some prog rockers of the 70's may have borrowed from this.
an ole favorite…sweet for it to pop up….
As old as me and unlike myself this is not getting any older.... Love Brubeck
perfection.. still
Excellence always.  I still enjoy listening to Al Jarreau's cover of this from "This Time", I believe
It's great to hear a track other than "TakeFive" not to minimize that track 
Always call out for me the breathtaking cover (with lyrics in French) arranged and sung by Claude Nougaro.
seminal jazz album.  impossible to not have this in your jazz library.....along w/blue train and 'round midnight....three MUST haves
 unclehud wrote:
Just loving that bass ... my head's a'nodding.
 

Yes, this is incredible...

hope you are having a great time right now...
 
Just loving that bass ... my head's a'nodding.
 michaelc wrote:


We won’t get any older. And we’ll never die.

 
Don't know if I'd like the idea of spending eternity looking like that.  {#Confused}

Highlow
American Net'Zen


We won’t get any older. And we’ll never die.

Everybody in my church loves this music...
 
Leaves me speechless. 
 Great stuff!

calypsus_1 wrote:

TAKE FOURby ~DRIVINGYOU
ANTONIO NAVARRO WIJKMARK  ©2005-2012 ~DRIVINGYOU

THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET
Barcelona, November 21st, 2005


David Warren "Dave" Brubeck
(December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012)  R.I.P.



 



TAKE FOURby ~DRIVINGYOU
ANTONIO NAVARRO WIJKMARK  ©2005-2012 ~DRIVINGYOU

THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET
Barcelona, November 21st, 2005


David Warren "Dave" Brubeck
(December 6, 1920 – December 5, 2012)  R.I.P.






Thanks, Dave, and thanks, RP. 
R.I.P. Dave. Thanks for pulling out this nugget, Bill.
RIP to this jazz master. You'll be missed.
Rest in Music, Dave. {#Pray}
Rest in peace, Dave Brubeck; your music will live on forever.
I didn't know this tune. What an ear opener.
Something for all.......
Excellent jazz, but easily overdone.
{#Dance}
I just love this! True awesomeness!
some of the best of stride piano.
Damn! Does it get much better than this?? Me thinks not.
 michaelc wrote:
1959 an it's still excellent
 
Oh dear is it that long ago as I remember buying this ,,4 4 Time ago lol
1959 an it's still excellent
 shmuelman wrote:
This album was the "instrumental" gateway into jazz for thousands of listeners, as well as a bridge from bebop into modern jazz.

 
Kind of Thinking "Kind of Blue" on that one....
Fantastic cover version "G,B & Ugly'
brilliant+
 kitchenboy wrote:
This is one of my all time favorite songs! I love Brubeck and Paul Desmond, who I feel were one of the great combo's ever. {#Drummer}
 
I always kind of thought of them as the Paul Desmond Quartet.  I have just about everything they did with Desmond in the band and a bunch of other Desmond stuff solo and with others.  I only have three or four CDs that have Brubeck without Desmond.
My family had a restaurant in Dartmouth, Devon...and for a 6-month period I worked the floor, drinks, music, etc...if I felt it was gonna be a good one I always started the evening with this gem...I can even smell the rum punch!



This is soooo good for the ears...

 
complex time signatures w/ accessible tune.  love me some brubeck...
Perfection in any time!
i wish i could just even count like these cats!
Super cool.

{#Cool}
This is one of my all time favorite songs! I love Brubeck and Paul Desmond, who I feel were one of the great combo's ever. {#Drummer}
The master, thanks Bill.
Brilliant melody!{#Notworthy}
R.I.P., Joe Morello. Brubeck heard this rhythm from Turkish street musicians, who told him "this is like Blues to us". Morello translated beautifully, and an icon was born.

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Exactly what I needed!  Thanks RP!!
 Bazooka wrote:
Run to living room and check the score!
Run to the kitchen and check the roasting bird!
Run to your secret place and check the stash!
All is well, and to all a fantastic Thanksgiving! 
 


Run to the living room and check the score!
Run to the kitchen and check the roasting bird!
Run to your secret place and check the stash!
All is well, and to all a fantastic Thanksgiving! 

 forge wrote:
5/4 time signature. Dance to this, you goofy Smooth Jazz fans!!!
 
 forge wrote:

Er, 9/8, yeah that

 
"Blue Rondo à la Turk" ... is written in 12/8 and 9/8 time. (wiki)

Great song from one of the greatest albums of all time in any genre.
This album was the "instrumental" gateway into jazz for thousands of listeners, as well as a bridge from bebop into modern jazz.


Well, the aforementioned being said, let's just march forward and say...very nice!

So current and yet so old at the same time...which begs the question, what is time after all...but the slow steady march of the drum rolling forward?


 forge wrote:
5/4 time signature. Dance to this, you goofy Smooth Jazz fans!!!
 
Er, 9/8, yeah that

5/4 time signature. Dance to this, you goofy Smooth Jazz fans!!!
I'm very much looking forward to seeing Dave perform next month...
Pensées pour Claude Nougaro.
Another great song of a great LP....I'm glad I got to see him live about 20 years ago.....
I can dig it {#Devil_pimp}

Dig daddio!{#Cowboy}