Blue Rondo A la Turk (1962) Dave Brubeck Quartet. Directed by Barry Shear.
If I can imagine a jazz quartet flying over a freeway, or getting written up for a traffic ticket at the end of the ride, then I can imagine the background footage may be somewhere near Downtown L.A.
After all, it is Dave Brubeck's 90th birthday today. Let's just roll with it.
Hence, I add this clip of the Dave Brubeck quartet traveling on a powered carpet over L.A.’s freeways. Why? It may seem obvious at first. It plays off the name of the Brubeck composition that was influenced by 9/8 rhythms he heard from Turkish street musicians.
It is safe to say that it may have also been a subtle thank you to the sponsor of the variety this is from. Lee Iacocca, then VP of Ford, approached NBC to create a sketch and music show named after their Ford campaign “The Lively Ones."
“The Lively Ones” made its debut in July, 1962, with Vic Damone as host and Brubeck as a guest.
Obligatory link to "Take Five."