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Remembering jazz composer and pianist Dave Brubeck

by Take Two

Dave Brubeck poses for photos on the red carpet before the 32nd Kennedy Center Honors at Kennedy Center Hall of States on December 6, 2009 in Washington, DC. Kris Connor/Getty Images

Dave Brubeck, the legendary composer and jazz pianist died today, after suffering heart failure on his way to a cardiologist appointment. Tomorrow would have been his 92nd birthday.

His career dates back to the 1950s, his "West Coast cool" sound helped change the face of jazz in America. In 1959 his quartet released the seminal work "Time Out."

We asked our friends on Facebook to tell us their favorite Dave Brubeck songs. Here are some of their choices, and feel free to tell us yours in the comments!

It was the first jazz album to sell a million copies and is considered one the greatest jazz albums of all time.

Tim Jackson, artistic director of the Monterey Jazz Festival, joins the show to talk about Dave Brubeck's music and his career.

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