Jazz great Dave Brubeck died of heart failure at Norwalk Hospital, in Norwalk, Connecticut, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The 91-year-old's choice of novel rhythms, classical structures and brilliant sidemen made him a towering figure in modern jazz.
Yet Take Five, recorded by the Dave Brubeck Quartet before becoming one of the biggest selling jazz songs of all time, was actually written by the band's alto saxophonist Paul Desmond.
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