While the Northeast continues its long recovery from the damage caused by superstorm Sandy, the death of a jazz legend may actually provide a boost to relief efforts.
Dave Brubeck died of heart failure the morning of Dec. 5 on the way to an appointment with his cardiologist. He was one day from his 92nd birthday.
Brubeck's 1959 record “Time Out” was reportedly the first million-selling jazz album, and it contained the song “Take Five,” which also sold more than a million copies as a single. But Brubeck did not compose “Take Five.” His alto saxophonist, Paul Desmond, did. And Desmond, who died in 1977, bequeathed the rights to “Take Five” to the Red Cross in his will. According to Red Cross spokeswoman Melanie Pipkin, the organization has received more than $7 million from the Desmond estate.
So, conceivably, if Brubeck's death leads to a spike in “Take Five” sales and radio play, it could also increase revenue for the Red Cross and aid with Sandy relief efforts. Outliers believes that Brubeck, a longtime resident of Wilton, Conn., would have liked that.