Re "pianist, composer, popular innovator -- he was a giant of jazz" (Page A1, Dec. 6): The Beach Boys and the Rolling Stones were the hot ticket when I first heard Dave Brubeck's "Take Five." The sound captivated me, becoming a challenge I would take head on.
I'd played piano for 10 years by then, playing solely by ear. I didn't stick with lessons as I was impatient to do "more, faster," a choice I would regret. I bought Brubeck's record and eventually the music, spending hours perfecting it.
"Take Five" took me places I never knew I could go. Power is a big deal to a 16-year-old, and it was playing Brubeck that filled that need for me. Dave Brubeck's gift opened the world of jazz to me. To this day I am grateful for the day I heard that marvelous piece...
-- Kathleen Mast, Sacramento
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