Dave Brubeck dies: Jazz musician was best known for 'Take Five'
Brubeck died of heart failure Wednesday (Dec. 4), a day shy of his 92nd birthday. He was reportedly on his way to an appointment with his cardiologist when he passed away, the AP reports.
After serving in World War II, Brubeck formed the Dave Brubeck Quartet in San Francisco in 1951. In 1959 the group released the album "Time Out," which went platinum and included what would become Brubeck's signature song, "Take Five." The quartet -- Brubeck on piano, Paul Desmond on saxophone, Eugene Wright on bass and Joe Morello on drums -- was prolific, producing multiple albums each year at its peak in the late '50s and early '60s.
Brubeck disbanded the quartet in 1967 and focused on writing and producing longer works. He remained active late into his life, touring as late as 2009. He received a Kennedy Center Honor that same year and also received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1996.
Take a look at the Dave Brubeck Quartet performing "Take Five" on German TV in 1966: