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Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way

From: NPR Music
Series: Jazz Profiles
Length: 54:00

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Unlike the vast majority of jazz musicians, Dave Brubeck was blessed with both talent and commercial success. His renowned 1950s quartet recorded standards like "Take Five," "The Duke," and "In Your Own Sweet Way." Read the full description.

Brubeck250_small Unlike the vast majority of jazz musicians, Dave Brubeck was blessed with both talent and commercial success. His renowned 1950s quartet recorded standards like "Take Five," "The Duke," and "In Your Own Sweet Way." He was the first jazz artist to sell one million copies of an album, the second to appear on the cover of Time magazine. To this day, he sells out concert halls around the world.

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Piece Description

Unlike the vast majority of jazz musicians, Dave Brubeck was blessed with both talent and commercial success. His renowned 1950s quartet recorded standards like "Take Five," "The Duke," and "In Your Own Sweet Way." He was the first jazz artist to sell one million copies of an album, the second to appear on the cover of Time magazine. To this day, he sells out concert halls around the world.

Timing and Cues

00:00 IC: Support for NPR...
32:53 OC: ...National Public Radio
32:54 Music Break (:46)
33:40 IC: As Brubeck became more consumed...
53:59 OC: ...National Public Radio.