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December 6, 2012

Jazz music legend dies

NORMAN — You don’t have to be a jazz aficionado to recognize “Take Five,” the instrumental by the Dave Brubeck Quartet that instantly evokes cool nightclubs of the 1950s and ’60s.

“Take Five” was a musical milestone — a deceptively complex jazz composition that managed to crack the Billboard singles chart.

Brubeck’s celebrated quartet combined exotic, challenging tempos with classical influences to create lasting standards. The pianist and composer behind the group, Brubeck died Wednesday of heart failure at a hospital in Norwalk, Conn., just shy of 92.

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