Song of the Day: Carmen McRae & The Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Take Five”

Jazz singer and pianist Carmen McRae would be 101 today. She’s considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th Century and is known for her behind-the-beat phrasing and ironic interpretation of the lyrics, according to Wikipedia. "Take Five" is from the 1961 album Tonight Only! that she did with the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

13 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Carmen McRae & The Dave Brubeck Quartet, “Take Five”

  1. Hi John – stunning voice she’s got … and I’m not sure I’ve heard the song with its lyrics … delightful. Cheers Hilary

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  2. I like to listen to jazz when I work on projects…the musicians are great.

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    1. I listen to smooth jazz a lot, mostly because I like the guitar players, like Chris Standring, Chieli Minucci, Lee Ritenour, Larry Carlton etc. It’s easy to blog to…

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      1. Yes…that is exactly what I’m talking about…I also will put on the Allman Brothers Live at the Fillmore to do things.

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          1. Sometimes I put the tv on with the sound really low at times…but that is dangerous because sometimes I will look

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    1. I had heard Al Jarreau do the song and had seen the sheet music with the lyrics, so I knew what to expect. Iola Brubeck, Dave’s wife, wrote them.

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