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String Cheese Incident — Take Five
Album: Carnival 99
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 2226








Released: 1999
Length: 7:06
Plays (last 30 days): 2
(Instrumental)
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Is that bongo's I hear in the back-ground? 

Otherwise not bad.  Not great but not "get 'er outta here" bad.

Highlow
American Net'Zen
Thanks RP for the distraction you provide in March 2020. I'm fortunate enough to be able to work from home in my lovely picture framing studio. Still have 4 weeks worth of work to complete before it potentially dries up. Radio Paradise plays along in the background, giving me some consulation to these troubled times. 
thanks for taking me away from today bill
 meatmike wrote:

But, do you understand the skill it took to play this?  It's a good song and it's played amazingly well.

YES! This is an amazing performance!!! 
 

 sqqqrly wrote:
How come I never tire of this song?   Any version... DB's is slightly better though.
 
You should have heard our high school marching band play it.  We ROCKED it, brother!
Eh, the album cover, the band's web site and Wikipedia all list the band's name as "The String Cheese Incident", not just "String Cheese Incident".
Just sayin'.
No need to confuse them with some ordinary run of the mill common SCI, even if there might be dozens of them.

Nice cover version BTW.
Shame about the cover. Looks like someone made it in Microsoft Paint.
I liked when they were covering Just Like Tom Thumbs Blues around 2000 like at Horning's Hideout for incidence -
For a original check out 'Round the Wheel -    
 sqqqrly wrote:
How come I never tire of this song?   Any version... DB's is slightly better though.
 
Agreed, though for me, the original is slightly more than slightly better....this one's an 8 for me and the original is a 10...Long Live RP!!
How come I never tire of this song?   Any version... DB's is slightly better though.
After listening to this classic jazz track on this grey, wet and soggy winter day in the Pacific Northwest, I felt that going from a 5 to 7 was just ticket. Great musix for getting your head of your ass...
 Jelani wrote:
Tweaked and Tinkled and Plinked to death. I dislike this very much.
 I could do without the horses clodding along in the background.
Dave's version much superior.


 Jelani wrote:

Yes, I do understand and appreciate the skill it took to play this. My comment(and rating) has to do with the application of that skill, not the skill itself.
 

A very respectful cover of Dave Brubek's  original. 
 meatmike wrote:

But, do you understand the skill it took to play this?  It's a good song and it's played amazingly well.
 
Yes, I do understand and appreciate the skill it took to play this. My comment(and rating) has to do with the application of that skill, not the skill itself.
 Jelani wrote:
Tweaked and Tinkled and Plinked to death. I dislike this very much.

 
Indeed. Very unneeded. But gets a 5
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 Jelani wrote:
Tweaked and Tinkled and Plinked to death. I dislike this very much.

 
But, do you understand the skill it took to play this?  It's a good song and it's played amazingly well.
7. Makes me miss Paul Desmond's alto sax. (RIP)
... OK, it's is growing on me...  8
{#Ask}
Tweaked and Tinkled and Plinked to death. I dislike this very much.
 malamucha wrote:

Hi from Scotland,

You can buy music in flac from their website:

https://www.livecheese.com/music/0,172/The-String-Cheese-Incident-mp3-flac-download-Carnival-99.html#

I haven't tried it yet but it looks fine. If you would like a live shows there are lots of them recorded by fans on archive.org:

https://archive.org/details/StringCheeseIncident you can choose different formats, free and great quality.

Regards

 
Hi Malamucha,

I have to buy the album if I want a FLAC version, but the price is correct

Thanks  
 Lio67 wrote:
Hi from France, 

Does anyone know where I can buy this track in FLAC or lossless quality ?

I had tried on Tidal, but only full album available in mp3 {#Frown} 

 thanks

regards 

 
Hi from Scotland,

You can buy music in flac from their website:

https://www.livecheese.com/music/0,172/The-String-Cheese-Incident-mp3-flac-download-Carnival-99.html#

I haven't tried it yet but it looks fine. If you would like a live shows there are lots of them recorded by fans on archive.org:

https://archive.org/details/StringCheeseIncident you can choose different formats, free and great quality.

Regards
Hi from France, 

Does anyone know where I can buy this track in FLAC or lossless quality ?

I had tried on Tidal, but only full album available in mp3 {#Frown} 

 thanks

regards 
Love it, very nice!
Smooth easy sweetness and light God like.
 3/15/2006 - heyjoe3577 wrote:
I watched them when the opened for Dylan. I wish they would have played this that day.

 
I was at that show too!  June 2000 as I recall.  Phil Lesh and STI were there, and I think Bob even did "Things Have Changed" which had just come out (and even got some radio play) - weird, I'm making a comment on a STI song and seem to have more to say about Bob Dylan than STI.

STI was pretty cool, they were new to me and reminded me of Phish or GD even (i.e. a 'jam band') with the amount of improv involved.  And of course this was all before 9/11 - I remember those early 2000s well, it was the end of the Clinton era, just before the shrub (that was/is my nickname for GW Bush) "won" the election, etc.  Text messaging was a pain in the ass still if you even had a phone that could do that. 

Music really does help capture the memories doesn't it? 

Rock on RPsters!


Simply awesome!!{#Roflol}
 thewiseking wrote:
Hit up any all ya can eat Jazz Brunch and you'll encounter a better assemblage of musicians than this

 
Snort. It would be "wise" to change your screen name if you're going to say silly things just because you are in a bad mood.
Hit up any all ya can eat Jazz Brunch and you'll encounter a better assemblage of musicians than this
Very nice. Swingin' little arrangement.
Thanks for playing, awesome song!
 pcc wrote:

Yep. Try counting 1-2-3 then 1-2, rather than 1-2-3-4-5{#Smile}

 
Exactly, left right left left right

loads of fun
 
I'd like me some Pizza for dinner. {#Ask}
Great rendition of one of the greatest tunes in history.  I saved "Godlike" for the original, sonly gets a 9 in my book
 idiot_wind wrote:
Is this 5/4 time like original?

These time signatures always screw me up...1,2,3,4,5 with 1/4 notes. Ugh.    

 
Yep. Try counting 1-2-3 then 1-2, rather than 1-2-3-4-5{#Smile}
{#Guitarist}
Delightful, simply delightful

Great Genre, please play more! 
One of my favourite band names of all time
Groovy.  Makes me smile.
 Toke wrote:
A very nice arrangement throughout, very well put together not swaying from the original but adding some extra improvisation does it for me..

 
I agree with you Mr. Toke. Another example of the great covers played on RP.
A very nice arrangement throughout, very well put together not swaying from the original but adding some extra improvisation does it for me..
Is this 5/4 time like original?

These time signatures always screw me up...1,2,3,4,5 with 1/4 notes. Ugh.    
{#Bananajam}Brilliant version!
 michaelc wrote:
Interesting - not as good as the original but that would be impossible.  

 
Bang on.


Interesting - not as good as the original but that would be impossible.  
Beautiful, and not like some illiterate DJ covers simplified with a 4/4 time signature.
most excellent!
 Johnny-smooth wrote:
...Which leads me to the conclusion that Brubeck would have loved this cover of Take Five. Talented musicians, some nice improv going on, what's not to like? 

 
I think that's what he was trying to say in a very convoluted way. "I believe for not one minute would have decried..." Ugh.
Whole-heartedly agree with the requests for more SCI on RP. For instance, Black Clouds from this same live CD is absolutely out-of-this-world goodness. But sooooooo much to choose from with these guys! Let's have a few!
A la Dave Brubeck! It's a 5 because it's not Brubeck...ok...> 8 for musicianship.
 SorchaZentropa wrote:

more string cheese incident, pls ... this isn't even their gr8 stuff ... {#Music}



 
{#Clap}{#Clap}{#Pray}{#Dance}{#Yes}
Fun Fun Fun. I'm surprised some high profile guitar player has not tackled  this song.
Yes, more cheese! Please.
SCI deserve special kudos for breaking right out of the big biz paranoia about IP piracy, embracing and supporting their pirates and joyously  giving it all away on their web site.
More of their work deserves air time here.

Oh and for those who want Brubeck's version to be the only version -- his was an arrangement -- these guys're jammin' !

 
 carline31 wrote:
J'adore cette version de Take Five,
Très bons musiciens !
Merci de Toulouse en France {#Drummer}

 
Yeah.. what carline31 wrote.
J'adore cette version de Take Five,
Très bons musiciens !
Merci de Toulouse en France {#Drummer}
 Toke wrote:
 I have been a modern Jazz fan for years and I remember buying Brubecks Album with this track on it in vinyl. I doubt not for one mimute Dave would have decried this rendition and I found it a brave thing to do with such a well known number. And for the pessemists Dave Brubeck wrote this number for piano.
 
I agree with your sentiment; what's the point of doing a cover and wanting it to be "close to" the original, unless you were specifically told to do so?  It's good version of a song which lends itself to many interpretations.  However, Dave Brubeck did not write this tune; it was composed by the saxophonist, Paul Desmond.

more string cheese incident, pls ... this isn't even their gr8 stuff ... {#Music}



Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches loves this music...
 
Brubeck's Take Five was the first LP I ever bought (still have it today), and one of my all-time favorites.

That said, I really like this take-off on the signature tune...
My favourite tune of all time covered?  Yikes.
Hey, another god-like version - the tune can handle more than one.
Nothing like ripping off a strip, of string cheese, that is.
 Toke wrote:


 I have been a modern Jazz fan for years and I remember buying Brubecks Album with this track on it in vinyl. I doubt not for one mimute Dave would have decried this rendition and I found it a brave thing to do with such a well known number. And for the pessemists Dave Brubeck wrote this number for piano.

 
Like you been a jazz fan for years, both modern and classical. Unlike you, it appears, also a big bluegrass fan - heck I like just about any improv instrumental music. At one point in college was DJ of two shows, one bluegrass, one jazz and see a lot of crossover between the two. 
Which leads me to the conclusion that Brubeck would have loved this cover of Take Five. Talented musicians, some nice improv going on, what's not to like? 
they've got some interesting improvison goin' on here..I like the take offs
 sronis wrote:
Not even remotely close to the original.
 
And why should it be?
No soul, compared to Dave Brubeck's version.
 Toke wrote:


... Dave Brubeck wrote this number for piano.

 
Paul Desmond wrote it. The original version of Take Five is mostly an alto sax tune with a tasty drum solo in the middle. Brubeck does little more than play the 5/4 vamp all the way through.
Yuk!!!
This is alright. Anything is better than XL's cover of this song... 4/4, really?
https://youtu.be/gImECWbTwFI 
After listening to a full 30 seconds I hated this, wanting Brubeck's version back.

But after listening to the whole this is really good. A great alternative to the original.
 sronis wrote:
Not even remotely close to the original.
 

 I have been a modern Jazz fan for years and I remember buying Brubecks Album with this track on it in vinyl. I doubt not for one mimute Dave would have decried this rendition and I found it a brave thing to do with such a well known number. And for the pessemists Dave Brubeck wrote this number for piano.

Delightful in its absurdity.
 JalapenoJoe wrote:
Bluegrass Brubeck! (Say that five times fast). Love it.
 

{#Clap}
Not even remotely close to the original.
Please take more then five,on any take of Take Five ! 
 Ntropy wrote:
It's a 4...'cause I want it to work SO bad. I love SCI, but they're not doing well with this song. There's something missing, somehow. Can't place what that something is, though.
 

HOOPS
 gatorade wrote:
Great band to see live. Highly recommend them!!!
 

They will be at Waukarusa in Mulberry, Arkansas June 2.
I've never heard cheese do this version of Take Five.....grooving

 sirdroseph wrote:
Not crazy bout this band, but man what a great version of this classic, nice job!
 
Dull cover of a dull original, and like all sophisto-jazz numbers it's f*ckin' long, innit? Ah well, good value for money for jazzophiles. The rest of us can avail ourselves of the blessed relief that is the mute button. Nice band name, mind :o)

Bluegrass Brubeck! (Say that five times fast). Love it.
Not crazy bout this band, but man what a great version of this classic, nice job!
Nice version!
Great band to see live. Highly recommend them!!!
 Cynaera wrote:

Agreed. Dave Brubeck was the master, but oh, what a homage (an homage?) to him... I love this song, no matter who performs it (um, unless Tiny Tim were to attempt it on his ukelele...)

Shutting up now.

  Dave is STILL the master. Not dead yet. I saw him in concert a few years ago. Outstanding.


Nope. 
 Cynaera wrote:

Agreed. Dave Brubeck was the master, but oh, what a homage (an homage?) to him... I love this song, no matter who performs it (um, unless Tiny Tim were to attempt it on his ukelele...)

No worries there. Herbert "Tiny Tim" Khaury died in 1996.
Eeeewheew, yuk!  a smmmmmooooth jazz version........  {#No}
 Fourdawg wrote:
The music isnt as bad as the cringe-worthy album title art... It's the default photoshop bevel effect {#Eh}
 
Haha, yeah, but in 2000 that was cutting-edge!  ;)  Photoshop had just made those effects available, after all.
 parttime wrote:


I feel Dave would get a kick from this cover...
 
Agreed. Dave Brubeck was the master, but oh, what a homage (an homage?) to him... I love this song, no matter who performs it (um, unless Tiny Tim were to attempt it on his ukelele...)

Shutting up now.

this makes me cringe, too.  ...out right painful.
The music isnt as bad as the cringe-worthy album title art... It's the default photoshop bevel effect {#Eh}

sounds like shopping mall muzack.
It's a 4...'cause I want it to work SO bad. I love SCI, but they're not doing well with this song. There's something missing, somehow. Can't place what that something is, though.
 rockstarbro wrote:
Saw these guys in Clearwater, FL with my wife, kids and three other couples with their kids.  Awesome show with the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico behind the band.  Oh, and the music was pretty good too!  {#Bounce}
 

Ahhh, the days when the Gulf was blue and full of life....
Pas mal du tout, cette reprise swing de la panthère! ça me parle...
Kurzweil PC88. And poorly played, I might add. That guy has all the swing of a misfiring shock absorber
 Joy4life wrote:
Call me a purest.. I think this a slaughter of the original.
 

I feel Dave would get a kick from this cover...
Call me a purest.. I think this a slaughter of the original.
The Kang-in-ator on mandolin! Nice.
 unclehud wrote:
 billbangert wrote:
An instrumental without vocals? I don't get it.  Kind of like the Sarah Palin thing.

You don't get the Sarah Palin thing?  She's a babe, even in overalls!  Who'd've thought the GOP would stoop to sex appeal?
 
Yeah... but the points start coming off as soon as she opens her mouth to speak.  From gorgeous to ugly in no time flat.

Saw these guys in Clearwater, FL with my wife, kids and three other couples with their kids.  Awesome show with the sun setting over the Gulf of Mexico behind the band.  Oh, and the music was pretty good too!  {#Bounce}
 billbangert wrote:
An instrumental without vocals? I don't get it.  Kind of like the Sarah Palin thing.

You don't get the Sarah Palin thing?  She's a babe, even in overalls!  Who'd've thought the GOP would stoop to sex appeal?
Nice improv in the middle, tough in 5/4 time, making this an enjoyable cover.  We played this in our high school marching band.  THAT was a bad cover.
Lacks the energy, precision and inspiration of the original.
 billbangert wrote:
An instrumental without vocals? I don't get it.  Kind of like the Sarah Palin thing.
 


yes, that is what an instrumental is.
{#Bananajam}
hey my favorite song, I like it in this form :)
more Cheese please{#Bananajam}
Man, this is one long elevator ride!
paul desmond - we miss you man{#Cowboy}
Come back Bru, all is forgiven. Don't murder the best of the best. But Blue Rondo gets my vote on that album.

I'm afraid to ask.....how many versions of Take Five is there?? Just on my shelves alone I can think of 5 or 6 without digging very much.
{#Ask}


That is actually very interesting...


C'mon, slow it down!
Bunch of schlocky imposters.
 kangoid wrote:
Take 5 by Dave Brubeck is perhaps the greatest jazz song of all time, and surely a 10. This version is good, but only a 7 in my book.
 

Agreed - this is a 7 . . .  Pleasantly harmless . . .
An instrumental without vocals? I don't get it.  Kind of like the Sarah Palin thing.
Take 5 by Dave Brubeck is perhaps the greatest jazz song of all time, and surely a 10. This version is good, but only a 7 in my book.
{--- loves it. Great cover
eastcoast wrote:
The best thing about this song is that they are not singing...They can't sing but they sure can play...
Good thing, too, since it's an instrumental... :propeller: