In Your Own Sweet Way


In Your Own Sweet Way (m. Dave Brubeck, w. Iola Brubeck) says,

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[read more]

I’ve not been able to find the original 1956 recording, but there are two later recordings by Brubeck in the following survey.


Miles Davis Quintet – Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, NJ, 11 May 1956 — Miles Davis (tp), John Coltrane (ts), Red Garland (p), Paul Chambers (b), Philly Joe Jones (d) —  released in September 1959 on the album Workin’ with The Miles Davis Quintet.


Wes Montgomery – recorded at Reeves Sound Studios, NYC on 26  January 1960 — Wes Montgomery: guitar, Tommy Flanagan: piano, Percy Heath: bass, Albert Heath: drums — album: The Incredible Jazz Guitar Of Wes Montgomery


Bill Evans Trio – recorded in NYC  5 June 1962 — released on the 1962 Riverside LP How My Heart Sings!

Bill Evans – piano
Chuck Israels – bass
Paul Motian – drums


Don Friedman Trio, recorded NYC, 14 May 1962 — released on the album Circle Waltz, 1962


Kenny Drew – from the album If You Could See Me Now, 1974

Kenny Drew – piano
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen – bass
Albert “Tootie” Heath – drums


Bill Evans with host Marian McPartland on the NPR program Piano Jazz, recorded 6 November 1978. Originally broadcast 27 May 1979. This is part 2 of the broadcast. The performance is preceded by an interview.


Bill Evans Trio – Bill Evans (piano), Marc Johnson (bass), Joe LaBarbera (drums) — live television broadcast from “The Maintenance Shop” at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, 30 January 1979 DVD*


Steve Kuhn with Miroslav Vitous & Aldo Romano — album: Oceans in the Sky, 1990


Dave Brubeck — Burghausen jazz festival, 2001


* Bill Evans Trio, Maintenance Shop, 1979 — available on the DVD Bill Evans Trio Live at the Maintenance Shop ’79 aka Bill Evans – But Beautiful (Live In Iowa 1979)


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