I would describe Dave Brubek’s classic, “Take Five” as a gondola: pleasingly fancy at both ends and designed in the middle for carrying limitless improvisations. For a larger sample of Brubeck’s oeuvre, the “essentials” are here:
Dave Brubeck describes in the following link, the inspirations for his, “Take Five:” horse gait and the unpredictable rhythms of the locomotives that passed by the ranch on which he was raised in California. I will try to intrigue you with a little piece on the neurobiology of gait in horses sometime in the coming year. I know, not exactly right out of the gate, but I’ve a lot on my plate.
For your aural study & scholarship, as well as aesthetic delight: Here is the long version of “Take five.” Go ahead, perfect for break time, take sixteen: