Jazz Song #2 - Take Five



  • This week’s jazz classic for dissection... Take Five!

    Composed by Paul Desmond and often credited to Dave Brubeck (I just learned that...I thought Dave wrote it)

    In a world that is seemingly DOMINATED with 4/4 music, I have always found Take Five refreshing and original.

    Also just learned today, Take Five has lyrics. Written by Don Partridge (to Desmond’s original melody)
    They are:

    Won't you stop and take
    A little time out with me
    Just take five

    Stop your busy day
    And take the time out
    To see if I'm alive

    Though I'm going out of my way
    Just so I can pass by each day
    Not a single word do we say
    It's a pantomime and not a play
    Still, I know our eyes often meet
    I feel tingles down to my feet
    When you smile, that's much too discreet
    Sends me on my way

    Wouldn't it be better not to be so polite
    You could offer a light
    Start a little conversation now
    It's alright, just take five
    Just take five



  • Another fun fact* from my research.

    Before Paul Desmond died in the 70’s, he left all of his music royalties to the American Red Cross.

    The ARC generally gets around $100,000 each year from those royalties.

    • “Fact”.... Assuming that what I read on the internet is indeed true.

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    I never knew this song had lyrics. Interesting.



  • We used to do it in four at jam sessions. Very interesting.



  • @administrator said in Jazz Song #2 - Take Five:

    I never knew this song had lyrics. Interesting.

    From what I read, the lyrics came years later and not by the original composer.



  • @administrator said in Jazz Song #2 - Take Five:

    I never knew this song had lyrics. Interesting.

    Check out Al Jarreau's vocal version on YouTube. It's the best!



  • Hi Kujo20,
    Brubeck asked Desmond to try an write a piece in 5 (quintuple time). This idea came from a tour that Brubeck went via a State Dept. tour of Eurasia. If memory serves me right, it was on the video series Jazz by Ken Burns (absolutely a must see if you're a jazzer) where Brubeck discussed where he heard all of these wild rhythms. That place was Turkey. Brubeck was on tour with the greatest jazz orchestra of all times The Duke Ellington Orchestra when the album Time Out (Take Five was a cut from that album) went big. As the story goes, Brubeck heard a knock on his hotel door and it was Duke handing Brubeck a copy of Time (or possibly Life) magazine and it had Brubeck on the cover. Brubeck said that is was an uncomfortable meeting since Duke should have been on the cover first.
    The 5/4 time can be thought of in at least two ways. As 5/4 or as 3/4 and 2/4 combined. I've always found Brubeck to be challenging because of the unusual key signatures and odd meters but as for expanding one's knowledge, its a gem and fun to play. Jamey Aebersold has a Brubeck play along (Vol. 105) that's very good if a person wishes to learn the style of Desmond and Brubeck. If you wish to save money, buy it used on Ebay (Its what I do). A lot of times people will buy play alongs only to find they've bitten off more than they can chew. I say this because I could never imagine selling any of my play alongs.



  • @Kehaulani said in Jazz Song #2 - Take Five:

    We used to do it in four at jam sessions. Very interesting.


    Hi Kahaulani,
    That sort of thing drives me crazy. I had to play My Favorite Things in 4/4 recently with a big band and it was not one of my favorite things to do.



  • Paging Dr-GO, Dr. Larry, Dr. Curly
    Paging Dr-GO, Dr. Larry, Dr. Curly
    There's an odd meter song that requires your assistance.



  • Also, the bridge and A section were originally reversed. Brubeck thought it was more effective to put the, now A section which was originally the bridge, first.



  • Seems silly to have this thread without some audio/video!



  • A version I found a while back upon discovering a new instrument!



  • @Kujo20 said in Jazz Song #2 - Take Five:

    Seems silly to have this thread without some audio/video!

    Does anyone NOT know Take Five?



  • Ashamed to say thats my first listen. Won't be the last though;)


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    Here's a story for you. In 2004, I was a teenager living in Boise, Idaho. That year, my father took me to see a concert at the Gene Harris jazz festival. Later on in the concert, they introduced a pianist I had never heard of. His name was Dave Brubeck and he was in his 90s. It wasn't until much later I realized the significance of that concert. I can honestly say that I actually saw Brubeck perform live.



  • Saw him, too, a couple of times. The guy that blew me away was Joe Morello.



  • Well thats nothing;) I saw Joe Montana's last winning game;)



  • I'm in the cheap seats, wearing a Montana #19 jersey. Barely got out of Houston unscathed. Nasty crowd come the 4th quarter. Not all, but enough.



  • Big deal. I watched Tony Montana.

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    But seriously, I did see Dave Brubeck and Sons on tour in the early-to-mid 1980s. I hadn't expected them to be as good as they were without Paul Desmond. A very pleasant surprise.



  • @Dr-GO said in Jazz Song #2 - Take Five:

    @administrator said in Jazz Song #2 - Take Five:

    I never knew this song had lyrics. Interesting.

    Check out Al Jarreau's vocal version on YouTube. It's the best!

    Sorry. Here is Al's vocal version:


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