by Dave Brubeck
Gerald Heard had a brilliant mind and it was my good fortune to hear him pontificate on many different subjects in the Fifties, when I was often playing in the Los Angeles area. A decade or so later, when I began to write my first oratorio on the teachings of Christ, "The Light in the Wilderness," I recalled many of our conversations in Santa Monica and reread the two slim volumes he wrote on The Creed of Christ and The Code of Christ. I can truly say that he broadened my vision of religion and spirituality.
World-renowned composer and pianist Dave Brubeck (1920-2012) fronted the Dave Brubeck Quartet, immensely popular during the 1950s and 1960s. A master of improvisation, Mr. Brubeck is perhaps best associated with the "cool jazz" instrumental "Take Five" from 1959's Time Out. More on Mr. Brubeck's life and work can be found at The Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
"I can truly say that he broadened my vision of religion and spirituality."