By Mike Shanley, Shanley on Music
Dave Brubeck’s Time Out wasn’t the first jazz album to break away from 4/4 time, but it was the album that took the farthest away from “standard” swing – without sacrificing the swing in the process. Its centerpiece, “Take Five” became a hit single and, arguably, one of the best known songs in jazz, all while it resided in what could be one of the most rigid time signatures of all – 5/4. “Blue Rondo A La Turk” crossed the blues with a Turkish rhythm and proved that if you could hum the melody, it didn’t seem so odd after all. Read more here.