Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck, whose experiments in rhythm and style helped win millions of new jazz fans around the world, died Dec. 5 of heart failure. He was 91.
Brubeck, who was a day away from his 92nd birthday, won a slew of awards over the course of a career that spanned more than six decades. Brubeck’s 1959 album “Time Out” became the first million-selling jazz record of the modern era, as songs “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk” defied the indifference of critics to become classics in the genre.
That success cemented his reputation as one of the great popularizers in jazz history.