Brubeck died Wednesday morning at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Conn., said
his longtime manager-producer-conductor Russell Gloyd. He died of heart failure, on the way to "a regular treatment with his cardiologist,” said
in 1954, Brubeck became
only the second jazz musician ever featured on the cover of Time Magazine. The seminal album "Time Out," released by his quartet in 1959, was the first ever million-selling jazz LP, and remains among the best-selling jazz albums of all time. It opens with "Blue Rondo a la Turk" in 9/8 time — nine beats to the measure instead of the customary two, three or four beats, as this article explains
Today, the jazz world lost a true master. Brubeck could tickle the ivories with ease, even at a septuagenarian age. When I saw him at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
three years ago, he left me in awe, as he effortlessly took us through a 15-minute version of Take Five, one of my most beloved jazz songs. He was smiling the whole time, loving every minute of his stage time.
Brubeck reinforced in me the notion that at any age, a musician can enjoy his work and still find ways to entertain audiences. Blessed with a gift, Brubeck didn't want to retire or spend his latter years raking in the royalties. He still wanted to inspire jazz lovers; and he showed many of us how true genius doesn't wane with age.