Chick with Dave Brubeck
I would like to send warm thoughts and personal condolences from my wife and myself to Iola Brubeck and all the Brubeck family. It’s a great loss to suddenly not have Dave with us in physical form. Of course the legacy of innovation and amazing creativity that he has left for us is the spiritual treasure that will only grow in value as time advances.
I have the highest admiration for Dave, who has been an inspiration to me and my music for a lifetime. He might never know how much his encouragement of me and my music has meant to me – but this is the truth. Gayle and I treasure the friendship that we had with him and have with his amazing wife Iola.
Gary Burton and I recorded his gorgeous ballad “Strange Meadowlark” on our Hot House recording and sent a copy to him which I believe he listened to and enjoyed. I’m happy for that last opportunity to pay tribute to a mentor, a master artist and a dear friend.
Has anyone ever noticed that Dave was among the first “fusion music” composers? Well I think he was, with his 1959 masterpiece Time Out. And he never stopped creating, touring, recording and performing for his whole long and wonderfully creative life.
Dave, we send you our love and admiration.
Chick & Gayle Corea