The death of Dave Brubeck in December 2012, age 91, inspired many column inches of tributes to the man the New York Times credited with 'helping make jazz popular again in the Fifties and Sixties. Mr Brubeck experimented with time signatures and polytonality and explored musical theatre and the oratorio, baroque compositional devices and foreign modes. He did not always please the critics (but) the blockiness of his playing, the oppositional push-and-pull between his piano and Paul Desmond's alto saxophone, make the Brubeck Quartet's best work still sound original.' 'Time Out' was not well received by critics at the time, but the record-buying public knew better. The LP went platinum - the first jazz album to sell more than a million records - and hit Number 2 on the pop chart (Number 11 in Britain). It would establish the Quartet and help propel jazz firmly into mainstream culture.