Dave Brubeck Takes Five

Below, Mollie posts on the death at 91 yesterday of jazz great Dave Brubeck, who gave the lie to the notion that artists had to represent tortured souls at war with the society around them. Brubeck never got into booze or drugs. He just worked at his music, hard, all his life — he was still performing as recently as last year — an ordinary American, doing his job.

Here, a fine early video of Brubeck (he’s the one at the piano) playing his signature hit, “Take Five” (so named because it represented that musical rarity, a piece in quintuple meter).

Take five to enjoy “Take Five,” remembering a great musician who was also a good man: