Dave Brubeck on polyrhythm


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SS: And, a similar concept is polyrhythm. Can you give us a brief explanation about polyrhythm, and your incorporation of it into your playing?

DB: Yeah. One of the best examples of it is my solo in It's a Raggy Waltz at Carnegie Hall. [PLAYS PIANO] And you sing, "One, two, one, two," is in this hand. [PLAYS PIANO] It's a waltz. It's a Raggy Waltz. [PLAYS PIANO] So, you've got, "Boom, ching, boom, ching," going in the left hand, and, "One, two, three," in this hand.

SS: So, much like polytonality, it's multiple, but this time it's multiple rhythms within a given tune. Is that right?

DB: Yeah.

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