Take Five

By the time you read, listen and watch, five minutes should have elapsed.

While some are preoccupied with occupying the street, the unemployed with finding an occupation, and too many of the rest occupied with being overwhelmed, I invite all of you to Take Five for Today's 45.

I caught part of a documentary on PBS the other evening about Dave Brubeck called "In His Own Sweet Way" (perhaps produced by Clint Eastwood?). I was channel surfing, and got stuck when I heard a familiar rhythm, a rhythm I'd often play on saxophone while in jazz band throughout middle and high school. So many of the early jazz standards are etched in my brain from spending the early mornings before regular classes started in a room with 20 or so groggy-eyed kids and a teacher laying down the jazz jams.

I had recently acquired a copy of this tune, on 45-inch vinyl, at a nearby garage sale in my neighborhood I happened to long-board past the other day. So I decided to make a digital recording of this analog record for you, for your aural pleasure. Because there's so much going on these days, everyone seems like they could use just a few minutes to relax and unwind.

So close your eyes, relax, and 'Take Five', courtesy of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (Of course, if you have ADD you'll probably open your eyes, so I made a video tribute you can watch just in case).

Technical Details:

Filmed on a Panasonic Lumix GF1 with available light.

Recorded via a Music Hall USB-1.

Take Five
Dave Brubeck Quartet
Paul Desmond: Writer
Teo Marcero: Producer
Recorded/Released: 1959
Columbia Records
ZSP 48255