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Letters: Dave Brubeck and all that great jazz

December 07, 2012
  • Jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who became one of the genre's most popular artists, died Wednesday.
Jazz legend Dave Brubeck, who became one of the genre's most popular… (Los Angeles Times )

Re "Pianist pushed jazz boundaries," Obituary, Dec. 6

Dave Brubeck's passing reminds me of the passing of jazz as a form of music where the listener appreciated the various instruments that created those exciting sounds.

One remembers the jazz clubs in the Los Angeles area, like the Lighthouse Cafe in Hermosa Beach, packed with attentive fans, void of conversation, enraptured by the sounds of instrumental magic. Music seems to have reverted backward to a more primitive form of noise, where one screams and hollers and physically exhausts himself on stage.

Those who experienced the West Coast jazz era, we take five and reminisce.

Ken Johnson

Pinon Hills

Your obituary on Brubeck was delightfully insightful and comprehensive. I was one of those who began listening and collecting his albums in the 1950s ("Jazz Goes To College" was my first, inspiring me to buy his earlier Fantasy recordings).

A friend of mine recently lent me a book full of biographies of musicians; among them was Brubeck, who revealed that he had to mount a vigorous campaign to persuade the record company to produce "Take Five." He won, the record company ate crow (and won) and the public won.

Richard Wiseman

Santa Monica

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