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Dave Brubeck's Time Out$
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Stephen A. Crist

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190217716

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190217716.001.0001

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Time and Brubeck Time

Time and Brubeck Time

(p.1) Chapter 1 Time and Brubeck Time
(p.iii) Dave Brubeck’s Time Out

Stephen A. Crist

Oxford University Press

This chapter sketches some of the most important factors that led to the formation of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and its rise to fame in the 1950s. Brubeck’s interest in polyrhythms is traced back to his formative years in the 1930s and 1940s, including his work with two predecessors of the Quartet, the Dave Brubeck Octet and the Dave Brubeck Trio. After its formation in 1951, the Dave Brubeck Quartet achieved popular acclaim and signed a multiyear contract with Columbia Records in 1954. Shortly thereafter, Brubeck appeared on the cover of Time magazine. Around the same time, he recorded his first studio album for Columbia, Brubeck Time, whose title was purely a promotional tactic. The experimental meter signatures of Time Out were still five years in the future.

Keywords:   formative years, Dave Brubeck Octet, Dave Brubeck Trio, rise to fame, Columbia Records, Time magazine, Brubeck Time

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