All That Jazz: Essential Jazz Recordings: “Take Five”- Dave Brubeck Quartet.
The biggest selling jazz single ever and one of the most famous/ most known jazz recordings. Composed by Paul Desmond- who was Brubeck’s long time musical partner. “Take Five” was first recorded by Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1959- and upon re-release two years later in 1961- became a hit single- reaching #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1996.
Earlier in his career Dave Brubeck became the 2nd Jazz musician to appear on the cover of Time Magazine- the first was Louis Armstrong. Dave Brubeck would remain an active musician pretty much until the end- dying in December 2012 at the age of 91.