March 10, 1976: Take Five in Corson

In early March 1976, The Dave Brubeck Quartet made a tour stop at Interlochen Arts Academy during their 25th anniversary reunion.

The brief tour reunited Brubeck with founding 1951 members saxophonist Paul Desmond and later 1950s additions bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello.

The group had planned to record a new album during the tour, with the recording scheduled to take place two days after the Interlochen performance in Fort Wayne, Ind. During the Interlochen performance, however, drummer Joe Morello began to notice something wrong with his eye. An examination proved that Morello had detached his retina; as a result, Morello chose to leave the tour before the scheduled recording on March 12. Morello’s replacement for the remainder of the tour was Dan Brubeck, who, along with his brother Chris, graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy seven years prior.

Rather than make the recording without Morello, the quartet elected to use the audio recorded in Interlochen’s Corson Auditorium on the album. Only one track on the album, “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout Me” was recorded at the Fort Wayne recording session. Sadly, the album would be the last recorded by the classic Brubeck quartet: Paul Desmond died of lung cancer shortly after the tour ended.

Hear the album courtesy of Spotify.