Take Five (To Please Read This) – M3Q3

I’ve found my love for playing music as I started playing piano at a young age. In sixth grade I started playing the trombone and carried on with the instrument into high school; I still play the trombone in an ensemble today. I played tenor and bass trombone in my high school jazz ensemble and continue now to play tenor trombone in the Wooden Nickel Dance Band (of the Saskatoon Lindy Hop Organization).

I was doing some digging and found an old video from a music festival where our high school jazz ensemble competed. (Please excuse the cringe, or maybe it’s just me cringing from watching old videos of myself).

(Here we are playing “Take Five” composed by Paul Desmond and performed by The Dave Brubeck Quartet(1959). I am playing the bass trombone for this arrangement of the piece).

(Here is video of the Dave Brubeck Quartet playing their own tune. I think they are bit more polished than our high school ensemble – haha).

“Take Five”contains several influences of the early jazz icons studied in this module, more specifically icons of the swing era: Fletcher Henderson, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, and Duke Ellington.

Influences of these jazz icons in this piece can be heard from its fast tempo-ed, swing rhythm filled with syncopated riffs in an AABA form, including improvised solos throughout. Unique to this tune is its five beat rhythm instead of the traditional four beat. One could argue this uniqueness may be a product of Duke Ellington’s influence, as he was known for his distinct, artistic approach to composition. Other notable influences from the text would be the spotlighting of soloists influenced by Count Basie and furthermore, the use of different improvisational styles of solos influenced by Benny Goodman.

(Whereas the previous video spotlights solos of saxophone and piano, this recording features a drum solo in addition to the saxophone solo).

“Take Five” applies a unique rhythmic approach to jazz, while the roots of the genre and the influence of previous jazz musicians are still well entrenched into the piece at its core.


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