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Licks and Riffs: Dave Brubeck - Take Five  
 

Licks & Riffs : Dave Brubeck - Take Five

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Dave Brubeck's classic, Take 5 uses only two chords throughout, for both the main melody and the subsequent improvisations. It's in a minor key (we've chosen F here, but the original the more challenging Eb) and the whole piece rocks back and forth between chords I and V of the scale - F and C, only instead of the traditional major chord on the fifth, we have instead a minor 7th.

So the resulting pattern is F minor - Cminor7

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The next step of course is to add the famous five-in-a-bar pattern, giving three beats to F minor and two to C minor.

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Melody and improvisation



The main tune (and most of the improvisation that follows) uses a traditional blues scale - here it is in F.

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And the same transposed for the alto saxophone, in the key of D :

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The key to making a convincing Take 5 sound is to move around the notes of the blues scale using the dotted rhythm found in the accompaniment. I've notated a short extract, the midi file has a longer example.

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And the same again, with the transposition for alto saxophone

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Obviously that's only a start on the kind of improvisations you can get up to, but it's probably enough to get you hooked on that Take 5 vibe! Get a copy of the original by clicking the link below:

Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five Performed by Dave Brubeck Quartet, composed by Paul Desmond, arranged by Gary Keller. For alto saxophone solo and piano accompaniment. Format: set of performance parts (Includes separate pull-out alto sax part). With chord names and solo part. Jazz. Eb Minor. 7 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.0158TASX)
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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five Performed by Dave Brubeck Quartet, composed by Paul Desmond, arranged by Gary Keller. For alto saxophone solo and piano accompaniment. Format: set of performance parts (Includes separate pull-out alto sax part). With chord names and solo part. Jazz. Eb Minor. 7 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.0158TASX)
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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five Performed by Dave Brubeck Quartet, composed by Paul Desmond, arranged by Gary Keller. For alto saxophone solo and piano accompaniment. Format: set of performance parts (Includes separate pull-out alto sax part). With chord names and solo part. Jazz. Eb Minor. 7 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.0158TASX)
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Dave Brubeck Quartet: Take Five Performed by Dave Brubeck Quartet, composed by Paul Desmond, arranged by Gary Keller. For alto saxophone solo and piano accompaniment. Format: set of performance parts (Includes separate pull-out alto sax part). With chord names and solo part. Jazz. Eb Minor. 7 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.0158TASX)
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Dave Brubeck: The Genius of Dave Brubeck - Book 1 Performed by Dave Brubeck. For solo piano. Format: piano solo book. With fingerings and chord names. Jazz. 78 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.TPF0130)
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Classic Jazz Standards For voice, piano and guitar chords. Format: piano/vocal/chords songbook. With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams. Jazz and standards. 208 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Hal Leonard. (HL.310310)
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Complete Jazz Music Collection For voice, piano and guitar chords. Format: piano/vocal/chords songbook. With vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics and chord names. Jazz, standards and vocal standards. 260 pages. 9x12 inches. Published by Warner Brothers. (WB.F3336SMC)
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Cool Jazz Piano Solo Mixed Folio (Intermediate to advanced piano arrangements with no lyrics). Size 9x12 inches. 72 pages. Published by Hal Leonard. (310710)
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Great Jazz Standards Anthology for Guitar Edited by Aaron Stang. Arranged by Fred Sokolow. Fretted instrument mixed folio. 52 pages. Published by Warner Brothers. (0334B)
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