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DAVE BRUBECK
6 Δεκέμβρη 1920 - 5 Δεκέμβρη 2012



In Your Own Sweet Way

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  1. "In your own sweet way" (Dave Brubeck, 1955)

    The sheet music for Dave Brubeck’s composition “In Your Own Sweet Way” gives the copyright date as 1955 although he wrote it earlier and didn’t release a recording of the song until his 1956 solo album called Brubeck Plays Brubeck. In Fred M. Hall’s biography, It’s About Time, the author says, “In April 1956, the Brubecks were living in their dream home in the Oakland Hills high above the Bay. Dave had purchased one of the then-state-of-the-art Ampex tape recorders and producer George Avakian, back in New York, sent some reels of used tape about to be tossed by Columbia. Dave began to record himself, solo piano (generally late at night, after the kids were asleep). He’d then send samples back to Avakian. Eventually, says George, ‘This resulted in Brubeck Plays Brubeck which included the first recording of ‘Two Part Contention’ (a play on ‘two part invention’) as well as solo treatments of ‘The Duke’ and ‘In Your Own Sweet Way’.”
    In Len Lyon’s book The Great Jazz Pianists Brubeck tells the story behind the tune. “‘In Your Own Sweet Way’ was the first original that I’d written in years. It was about ’52 or ’53. We had just done a concert in upstate New York, and back at the hotel Paul [Desmond] said, ‘We really need some original material,’ because we’d been doing practically all standards. ‘We better find somebody to write some,’ Paul said. I looked at him and said, ‘You got to be kidding. I’m a composer. I can write two originals in a half hour.’ So I sat down and wrote ‘In Your Own Sweet Way’ and a piece called ‘The Waltz’ in thirty minutes just to show him. Paul titled ‘In Your Own Sweet Way.’ He really liked it. I don’t think either of us liked ‘The Waltz’.”
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