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Take Five
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Lyrics


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Mitchell Henry McCarsky

So, famously, Dave Brubeck said that the group never intended for this song to be as famous as it became. Paul Desmond had a lick he wanted to play around with, and they used the opportunity to give Joe Morello an overdue drum solo.

So, Dave and Eugene kinda took a backseat while Paul did his thing, and then Joe got his solo.

But Joe could have gone nuts here. This is the era of Buddy Rich and Art Blakey. Drum solos were marked by how fast and how hard you can bash everything.

For one of jazz's most influential groups, in the group's most famous song- a jazz standard and by extention, arguably one of the most famous drum solos in jazz- Joe Morello's solo was so simple, a middle schooler on a PlayTek My First Kit could play it.

Joe could have gone nuts. He could have gone ferral for three minutes Whiplash-style. The team gave him a blank check to flex.

He didn't. He decided to just... he just vibed out, man.

They say jazz is about the notes you don't play. In that case, this is the greatest jazz drum solo of all time.

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Most people may not realize it, but for most of the song the saxophonist is playing incredibly quietly. It takes great skill to be able to play with a full, round tone at those volumes. It is so quiet on the sax track that you can hear the keys clicking and his fingers touching the brass sax.

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I thought I was going insane when I heard the sax things clicking cause I used to play in elementary school

Tony Miller

I watched Don Cheadle last night for the third play the iconic Miles Davis in an excellent biopic that gets better every time I watch it. DC had the advantage of playing all the saxaphones during his high school years and he even gets his own band together (featuring Wayne Shorter on the upper registers and Herbie Hancock on keyboards) for the finale!


As a sax player I'm astounded he always was able to have so much control of his instrument. I'm quite impressed that he could play quietly and not have issues with the sound

Barbara E. Hill

Awesome observation!


Interesting 🤔

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Gonzo Gorriliaz

Jokes aside this is without a doubt one of the greatest songs ever recorded


It's the greatest jazz song

Markus Irouschek



Earth has the best music in the galaxy. No contest.

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