Take Five
Last updated: 14.06.17
Composer: P. Desmond Suppliers:    
Editor: Stan Davis Quartet A/A/T/B
Publisher: Arcadian Press Publication: AP 007
I must have spent a fortune in juke boxes in 1958-1959 listening to Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond with their "Take Five" and "Rondo a la Turk" in various pubs and naval canteen around Portsmouth, England. It was Glenis Cole, the leader of the Christopher Whitehead Girl's School Recorder Ensemble sometime in 1982-3 who put me on to the fact that there was a recorder arrangement for "Take Five" which she herself had used with her consort.
This is a wonderful arrangement by Stan Davis and closely approaches the original. Only experienced recorder players please apply!!! Peter Bullock has also written an excellent arrangement for beginners which is much less demanding than this version.
When performed by The Bremen Recorder Touring Company during Ceilidh 2000 it proved to be a "show stopper" with Sybelle Wolf's excellent playing on 1st treble and it even made it to the top ten in the mp3.com chamber music charts for one whole week in January 2001.


"Take Five" has been recorded by: :
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