Brubeck in Brown: A Jazzy Stranglers Mash-Up

May 27, 2020


This one really stopped me in my tracks.

DaveSomeone with a lot of time, patience, musical chops and editing skills put together this lovely tribute to the late Dave Greenfield of the Stranglers below, splicing elements of Dave Brubeck’s ensemble performing „Take Five“ into an inventive re-imagining of the single, „Golden Brown.“

Here’s the official explanation by its creator, Laurence Mason:

 А little tribute to Dave Greenfield (keyboardist with The Stranglers who died from Covid-19 last week) and Paul Desmond (saxophonist with the Dave Brubeck quartet – the anniversary of his death is at the end of this month). Also because I’ve been enjoying editing videos and recording stuff over the last couple of months.

A couple of people have asked how I made this video so here we go – I took a clip from a 1964 live version of Take Five and made the drum loop by chopping up the intro and turning it from 5/4 into the 3/4 – 4/4 groove that Golden Brown has. The upright bass sound is sequenced from Logic, and the piano part was played in using one of the piano sounds from a Nord Electro 5D. Then I played the sax part over the top (I play a King Zephyr alto and for this I used a hard rubber Yanigasawa mouthpiece rather than my usual bright Guardala). The video was then edited using the clip I’d taken the drum loop from.

Cool, right? Anyway, enjoy the fruits of his meticulous labor below…and pour one out for Dave.


Paul Murphy

Coming soon on Jazz Room Records: Vinyl 45 RPM. THE TAKE VIBE E.P. – „GOLDEN BROWN“ C/W „WALKING ON THE MOON“ Soon on bandcamp and all good Record Stores. See the 45 release Video at


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