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Saturday, October 14

"This album changed my life -- became a poet."

The remark is from one Paul Smith, commenting at YouTube on Time Out.  
The entire studio album was posted with notes by André Azevedo at YouTube on September 27, 2015. I've copied the notes below, but first an introduction to Wikipedia's fairly extensive discussion of how Time Out came to be:
The album was intended as an experiment using musical styles Brubeck discovered abroad while on a United States Department of State sponsored tour of Eurasia, such as when he observed in Turkey a group of street musicians performing a traditional Turkish folk song that was played in 9/8 time with subdivisions of 2+2+2+3, a rare meter for Western music. ... 
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out - 1959

01 - Blue Rondo A La Turk (00:00) 02 - Strange Meadow Lark (06:51) 03 - Take Five (14:16) 04 - Three To Get Ready (19:42) 05 - Kathy's Waltz (25:08) 06 - Everybody's Jumpin' (29:59) 07 - Pick Up Sticks (34:24) Dave Brubeck – piano Paul Desmond – alto saxophone Eugene Wright – bass Joe Morello – drums


Teo Macero – producer
Fred Plaut – engineer S. Neil Fujita – cover artwork Seth Rothstein – project director Russell Gloyd – reissue producer Mark Wilder – reissue remastering Cozbi Sanchez-Cabrera – reissue art direction

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The album's version of Take Five features a Joe Morello drum solo, which the famous 1964 live performance video doesn't, even though Morello was on the drums. But band member Paul Desmond, who wrote the piece, said about Take Five's enduring popularity, "It was never supposed to be a hit. It was supposed to be a Joe Morello drum solo."
Morello suffered from partial vision from birth, and devoted himself to indoor activities. At six years old he began studying the violin. Three years later, he was a featured soloist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, playing Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto, and again three years later.
At the age of 15, Morello met the violinist Jascha Heifetz and decided that he would never be able to equal Heifetz's "sound". Therefore, he switched to drumming, first studying with a show drummer named Joe Sefcik and then George Lawrence Stone, author of the noted drum textbook Stick Control for the Snare Drummer. Stone was so impressed with Morello's ideas that he incorporated them into his next book, Accents & Rebounds, which is dedicated to Morello. ... [Wikipedia]

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