Jazz great Dave Brubeck has died at the age of 91. The pianist and composer passed away at Connecticut’s Norwalk Hospital, succumbing to heart failure one day before his birthday.
Brubeck formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1951, scoring a monster hit eight years later with Time Out, the first-ever jazz album to move a million copies. Active on-stage right until the end of his life, Brubeck was honoured with a Grammy lifetime achievement award in 1996, and a Kennedy Center Honors nod in 2009.
Here’s a clip of the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing its now-iconic “Take Five” in Belgium back in 1964. The pianist and his bandmates might have looked like accountants, but holy shit did those guys swing.