Music: Successful Failure

Back in the days when he was just another struggling West Coast pianist, Dave Brubeck was a critical success, extravagantly admired by the eggheads of jazz. Since then, he has become the biggest record seller in jazz—and some of the critics have yet to forgive him his popularity. Last week Brubeck completed one of the most successful tours ever staged by a jazz musician in England—and still he took a pounding in the press.

Brubeck and his quartet still play much of the same intense, quiet, often dissonant music that brought them mid-'50s fame....

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