Take Five
Dave Brubeck 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.



All comments from YouTube:

Robadobflob

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.

Lisa SkyPumpkin #roadto100

I don't play the sax but I hear the clicking too! Such a talented saxophonist!!

MrMr Meta

I’ve always been blown away with the saxophonist, the air support and control needed to play soft especially on the really high and low notes is something that I only wish I could play, truly mind blowing

Dominic Jackson

I disagree, I find it quite easy.

Tim Hawkins

@John DeRouen Of course it's Paul Desmond.. superb!

A M

@Kei Braun k

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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.

Gloria Bachus

I most agree. I've loved this piece of music since I was in Elementary school, and I'm 63yr now and still play it often.

Russell Yazbeck

this is easily one of my favorite drum solos. It's like a Christopher Nolan movie. This sort of teasing of filling the space, but only slightly progressing towards it each bar. Then transition so smooth back into the form.

Josh Evans

This reads like a monologue from a Tarantino movie

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