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Phil Graham

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David Brubek, RIP
« on: December 05, 2012, 12:02:13 pm »

One that needs no introduction.

As a kid I remember watching "The Secret Life of Machines" which was my first introduction to his music. That show's theme song was a cover of "Take Five."
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John Roberts {JR}

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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 12:31:02 pm »

RIP.. Classic jazz if there is such a category.

My earliest recollection of DB is hearing take 5 on the car radio while drinking beer out of **cardboard containers, in the back seat of some older kid's car, at way too young an age to be allowed inside a bar. I recall them turning up the volume for that song, so I got blasted by the speaker in the back. Not really a bad thing.  8)

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** back in the day (50s-60s) you could buy draught beer to go from bars in 1 quart cardboard containers.

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Jonathan Goodall

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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2012, 01:08:48 pm »

I remember hearing a very cool piece of music which I later found out was called "Take Five" as a child.
NZ's national TV channel played it when ever they had "Technical issues" and for some reason when ever I hear it now, I always think of a test pattern (the first music video maybe?)   Classic song, classic guy.
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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2012, 01:16:33 pm »

One that needs no introduction.

As a kid I remember watching "The Secret Life of Machines" which was my first introduction to his music. That show's theme song was a cover of "Take Five."
I worked with his sons on a gig a number of years ago.  VERY pleasurable to work with real musicians.  A great Jazz show.

He was a classic.
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Bob Charest

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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2012, 01:18:34 pm »

Just heard on the news... sad. Dave gave me my most valued compliment as a musician. Never forgot it.
RIP
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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2012, 09:08:09 pm »

That guy is the reason I learned to count to seven... :'(
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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2012, 01:41:14 am »

Good music, from back in the heyday.  RIP.
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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2012, 08:01:55 am »

RIP oh great one.
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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2012, 04:17:13 pm »

RIP oh great one.

Oh Great One (two, three, four, five)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/HCYQEhHxHnTJA

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Lee Brenkman

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Re: David Brubek, RIP
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2012, 04:21:37 pm »

Here's the link to a clip from what was, unfortunately, the unsuccessful pilot for a weekly "jazz in clubs" TV series hosted by comedian Mort Sahl.  It was shot at the long gone, but not forgotten Black Hawk club in San Francisco sometime in the mid 1950s.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TV6nf2vxTa4

Audio notes:
Based on conversations with many of the musicians who played there.
The EV microphones used by Brubeck to speak and for Mort to introduce the show were the only "PA" microphones.   The two RCA 77s, the one in front of the sax and piano and the one placed high on a straight stand on the corner of the stage behind the floor tom side of the drums were the primary pickups for the TV audio.   And yes, the same mic is picking up both the sax and the piano.

My older musician friends told me that when recordings were taking place was the only time "good" microphones were ever seen in the club.  The owner was once quoted as saying Ive worked and slaved for years to keep this place a sewer.

Note also the "old school" piano/bass/drums set up with the bassist at the pianists left hand and the drummer "behind" the piano bench.  In those pre monitor days this put their heads in the closest possible proximity so they heard their balance as "the same" as they could.

There is no amplifier for the bass and no microphone even close to it but you can still hear the bass pretty well.   Eugene Wright had a good BIG bass and could coax a lot of output from it.

At 4:50 and again in the long shot after 10:50 you can see one of the two "massive" open back baffles containing some kind of 12 inch "hi fidelity" speaker that served as the total sound reinforcement.
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