Dave Brubeck: The Inspired Moment of Unity
Coleman Hawkins was magnificent to me, tooright to the end of his life. Charlie Mingus, Coleman Hawkins, and I had dinner together one night before the Hawk died, and it was just great because these guys were real giants for me. Coleman had told me once, "No matter what they say, do what you're doing, because what you're doing is great." And I had idolized him for so many years.
Charlie Parker was very interested in what I was doing, too. Once he wrote in Downbeat, "Brubeck is a perfectionist, like I am." Anthony Braxton got into a fist fight once with a guy in Paris because the guy didn't like me. . . . I could mention so many guys who have said nice things. . . .
I can remember a time when Duke Ellington was getting it from the critics and when Louis Armstrong was getting it. I've seen unkind things written about Benny Goodman and Art Tatum. So, I'm not alone. As soon as you're different, you're going to be a target. The more different you get, the more alone you get, and if you're successful, watch out!
Originally published in The Aquarian Weekly, November 1- 8, 1978.
[An extraordinary archive documenting Dave Brubeck's career is held by the University of the Pacific, donated by the pianist and his wife Iola in 2000. The University offers an interesting online sampling of photos, oral histories, and other materials, in addition to hosting an annual Brubeck Festival and carrying out other programs through its Brubeck Institute. Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond (Parkside, 2005), by Doug Ramsey, offers a good deal of insight on Brubeck and Desmond's work together. The pianist has been the subject of two notable documentaries, Rediscovering Dave Brubeck, and Dave Brubeck: In His Own Sweet Way.]
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