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Rediscovering Dave Brubeck
Rediscovering Dave Brubeck

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Dan Brubeck -- Drums and Percussion

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"Danny's one of the most complicated polyrythmic drummers I've ever heard. It's amazing what he can get going."

-- Dave Brubeck

Daniel Brubeck was born in 1954. Of all the musical Brubecks', Dan was acknowledged as the most intense and assertive. It was quite natural for him to gravitate toward the drums since he had unbounded energy as a child. And he learned from two of the best polyrhythmic drummers in the world, Brubeck Quartet members Joe Morello and Alan Dawson.

Dan's original drumming style, distinctive solos, and use of odd time signatures have earned him the respect of many critics and musicians worldwide. One of his biggest fans, his own father, worries about his intensity. "Danny can get almost out of his mind on drums," says Dave. "I pray some night that he'll come back to us, he's so far gone. He's so complicated and his face is so red and he's so physically into it. [Playing together] I couldn't hold in my mind where he was, but boy, he'd come out on that down beat to bring us back."

Dan has been featured on 10 Dave Brubeck albums as drummer and as producer on Trio Brubeck (with Dave and brother Chris). Dan has also soloed with many of the world's leading orchestras as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.

Dan has toured the international music circuit for over two decades as the leader of his own group, The Dolphins. Dan has released three CDs with The Dolphins, which received extensive airplay in the U.S. and Japan.

Dan was also co-leader of The Brubeck LaVerne Trio with brother Chris and pianist Andy LaVerne. Their Blackhawk record, See How it Feels, in 1986, made the top 25 list in national jazz airplay. Dan has recorded with Larry Coryell, Livingston Taylor, Michael Franks, and Roy Buchanan. He has toured with The Band, Gerry Mulligan, Jon Hendricks, Paul Butterfield, and Warren Bernhardt. Dan and Chris have made many television appearances including BBC specials, multiple appearances on The Today Show, Johnny Carson's The Tonight Show, and the nationally syndicated PBS Jazz in America series. He was the subject of The Jazz Show, alto saxophonist David Sanborn's syndicated radio program.

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