Dave Brubeck, one of jazz's longest-lasting legends, has died.
Best known for the playful 1959 hit "Take Five," which transformed the unfamiliar 5/4 time signature into a loping romp, the jazz pianist succumbed to congestive heart failure in Wilton, Conn., on Wednesday. The 91-year-old Brubeck had been on his way to an appointment with his cardiologist.
During his heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, Brubeck led a quartet with alto saxophonist Paul Desmond (who penned "Take Five") and championed a heady, classically influenced take on jazz on albums such as Jazz Impressions of the U.S.A., Time Out and Music From West Side Story. After disbanding the group in 1967, Brubeck spent his time composing longer pieces and touring, often with his four sons, who all became musicians.