Many years of innovative music, solid performance, inventive talent. He will be missed.



  1. Libbie says:

    Always loved his music. First jazz artist I heard as a child, still love him.

    You are now Star Stuff, Dave.

    • stormtrooper 651 says:

      “You are now Star Stuff, Dave.”
      No, he’s dead. Either rotting in the ground or he’s been incinerated. He can’t hear you.
      This is an eidard thread so keep it real.

  2. spsffan says:

    Indeed he will be missed now that he is taking his ultimate five. One of the few greats of post Swing jazz.

  3. sargasso_c says:

    Mom and Dad always put Time Out on at Christmas time.

  4. Cap'nKangaroo says:

    I’m a rock and roller but thought that was great. 100 times better than what passes for music on most radio stations today.

  5. What? The moth is always drawn to the flame? says:

    They are rushing through it, why?

    • msbpodcast says:

      They had already been playing it for a few years by then.

      They wanted to have so fun with it. It was being played for a TV audience and they wanted the tune to sound really upbeat.

      I’ve also heard them play it real slow. Then you could really the unusual time signature. (It is not 4/4 time. its 5/9.)

      • Tim Fitzpatrick says:

        Oops! That’s 5/4, not 5/9. Odd meter tunes were one of his signatures, and considered innovative, even ‘far out’ for the genre at that time. In a way, the album title, “Time Out” refers to the use of odd meters in a number of the pieces on that compilation…

  6. dcphill says:

    I’ve been a fan since I first heard of him while working in England in the late ’50s. He is by far my most favoured jazz man
    while I was experimenting with modern jazz and modern classical music

    • Alan B says:

      I forwarded this post to my brother (who was a talented drummer himself) and got this response: BTW – the Lance he refers to is Lance Dickerson who was the drummer for Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen. Lance also had a stint with the David Bromberg Band.

      “When I was in junior high Lance’s dad took us down to Wayne State for a drum clinic taught by Joe Morello, Dave’s drummer. There was a segment on unconventional time signatures. He started us out on Take Five (5/4), then to Unsquare Dance (7/4) and then on to Blue Rondo A La Turk (9/4). It was quite an eye-opener. After the clinic, my friend Dave C. surreptitiously unscrewed a wing-nut from Joe’s cymbal stand as a souvenir. I said I thought it was a dirty trick and Dave said, “Are you kidding? These things only cost a dime!” I said something like “for the want of a nail” and he said “Joe’s got a bucket of these in his kit.”

      We idolized Joe Morello and I have to admit that wing-nut was priceless to us and we traded off keeping it for a while. I wonder what ever happened to that thing.

      Anyway, here’s Unsquare Dance and Blue Rondo:

      https://youtube.com/watch?v=Zn2Ob5PepsU

      https://youtube.com/watch?v=kc34Uj8wlmE