Dave Brubeck on In Your Own Sweet Way


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SS: In Your Own Sweet Way, one of your more famous tunes in terms of being covered by other musicians. Can you tell us just a little bit about the origin of that particular tune?

DB: We were playing in Rochester, New York, and at that time, we were still playing mostly the trio tunes. And, Paul had joined the group. So, he was just improvising on what we knew as a trio what I had written or played with the trio.

And, after the concert, he said, "Dave, we've got to get somebody to write us some music, some new tunes. I think we are just only playing standards." And I said, "You must be kidding, Paul. I can write two tunes in a half hour." And so I wrote In Your Own Sweet Way, and The Waltz. In Your Own Sweet Way became a standard, a jazz standard.

And The Waltz, nobody played (laughter). So, you never know. I played it, but In Your Own Sweet Way was just written because I wanted to show Paul that I could write. "What do you mean hire somebody? I'm right here!" (laughter)

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