8 thoughts on “Dave Brubeck’s “Time Out””

  1. I listened to this when I was in college. I had a “Brubeck Phase” for a while. Everyone else was listening to acid rock.

  2. No doubt Time Out is a timeless jazz classic. But did it set a genre?
    I don’t think so. Not like Coltrane or Miles Davis. It may have freed jazz to use new and different time signatures, but jazz is quirky enough and has enough built-in hooks and codas that make smooth transitions in time difficult. That this album works is testament to how hard all these vastly experienced musicians *crafted* it. As opposed to laying down a cool track of a theme that was first improvised in a live stage performance and later copied to a recording. But there is no doubt I can sit down and listen to this Brubeck Quartet masterpiece over and over and never tire of it. What a thrill it would have been to hang out in the recording studio control room when these tracks were first laid down.

    Interesting the article also mentions the iconic Led Zeppelin IV album. Now Led Zeppelin DID found a genre, which would become known as heavy metal. But the one distinguishing factor that separated Led Zeppelin from all the rest, even today, was that LZ was also an OUTSTANDING acoustic band. And could belt out their own derivatives of the blues with verve. If you’ve ever listened to the Led Zeppelin boxed set(s) you can hear their blues riffs are some of their best work.

    1. Led Zeppelin didn’t found heavy metal (they have plenty of sins to answer for without having that one on their conscience as well). They were certainly one of the influencers of HM, as were the Jeff Beck Group’s first two albums (fabulous, BTW), the Who’s visceral power chords and incomparable live stagecraft (unfortunately, no HM songwriters could hold a candle to Townshend’s songwriting abilities), and the Vanilla Fudge’s heavy beats.

  3. I went from violin to drums, largely due to poor fine motor control. Now I just need a physiological excuse for sucking as a percussionist.

      1. I really am bad, but I can handle sticks or mallets or bare hands for congas much better than I could finger and bow a violin. I the instrument up as a child. Maybe I’ll try again one day.

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