From the beginning of his career, Dave Brubeck wanted to extend the harmonic and rythmic jazz register to include forms
taken from contemporary music. This opened the way to many musicians who, a few years later, construed them differently.
He was to experience some setbacks before his resolutely forward-looking ideas of harmony were accepted, along with his
conception of composition, counterpoint and polytonality. He was celebrated primarily as a jazz musician and long
misunderstood as an innovator.