03 January 1999

BBC Desert Island Discs

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This week the castaway on Desert Island Discs is the jazz pianist Dave Brubeck. One of the most successful musicians of our time, it's nearly 40 years since he famously encouraged us to Take Five, and so changed the sound of jazz forever. In conversation with Sue Lawley, he talks about his life and work and chooses eight records to take to the mythical island."

1.The Dave Brubeck Octet - The Way You Look Tonight
Time Signatures A Career Retrospective, Columbia

2. Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major - 1st movement
Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra Of Europe
Brandenburg Concertos, Deutsche Grammophon

3. The Duke Ellington Orchestra - Cottontail
Artist: Ben Webster
Finest Vintage Jazz 1918 -1940, ASV

4. Dmitri Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5 in D minor - 1st movement
Conductor: Charles Dutoit Orchestra: The Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Shostakovich Symphonies 5 & 9, Decca

5. Darius Milhaud - La Création du Monde
Conductor: Darius Milhaud Orchestra: L'Orchestre Du Theatre Des Champs-Elysees
Leonard Bernstein: The Early Years IV, RCA

6. Art Tatum - Tiger Rag
The Standard Sessions 1935-1943, Music & Arts

7.Louis Armstrong - They Say I Look Like God
The Real Ambassadors, CBS Records

8.Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 9 in D minor 'Choral' - Ode to Joy
Orchestra: The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Conductor: George Solti
The World Of Beethoven, Decca

Favourite track: The Ode To Joy (Symphony No 9) by Ludwig van Beethoven
Book: The Spear in the Sand by Raoul C Faure        Luxury: Grand piano