The Dave Brubeck Quartet ‘Time Out’

Cunningly titled, this 1959 album from The Dave Brubeck Quartet has gone on to influence jazz music from its release to the present day. Widely regarded as an experiment, the album features 7 songs, each in a different time signature and often with changes in the time signature during the individual song. This was highly unusual when compared to other jazz records being created at around the same time, and led to many poor reviews upon its first release.

Another interesting point to note is that the original double bass player Eugene Wright, had to remain in the wings during some concerts due to him being a black member of an all white group. Thankfully, times have changed.

One of the most well-known pieces, ‘Take Five’ is shown below.


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