“Take Five” is one of my favorite pieces of music. When I hear it, I am reminded of my childhood, I am reminded of listening to Pittsburgh’s WDUQ, and I am reminded, cheesily, of crisp evenings with the hint of potential.
From an excellent New York Times obituary:
Genial as Mr. Brubeck could seem, he had strong convictions. In the 1950s he had to stand up to college deans who asked him not to perform with a racially mixed band (his bassist, Gene Wright, was black). He also refused to tour in South Africa in 1958 when asked to sign a contract stipulating that his band would be all white.