Dave Brubeck

In Your Own Sweet Way

Composed by Dave Brubeck

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Dave Brubeck’s joyful ballad “In Your Own Sweet Way” helped to establish the pianist as an important jazz composer in the eyes of his fellow musicians. According to Brubeck, Paul Desmond’s suggestion that their quartet hire someone to write songs for them inspired him to dismiss his alto saxophonist’s proposal and promptly compose two pieces within a half hour, one of which was “In Your Own Sweet Way.” A lyric was later written by Iola Brubeck, attracting singers such as Carmen McRae. Like “The Duke,” another Brubeck piece written during the mid-1950s, “In Your Own Sweet Way” has become a staple in the pianist’s concert repertoire, as well as appearing on a number of different recordings by its composer. Although Miles Davis is credited by many critics with making the song well known after he gave it his “seal of approval” by recording it, Brubeck was slightly aggravated by the trumpeter’s slight alteration of the melody, which many musicians assumed was the way it was written. Another prominent trumpeter, Chet Baker, definitely fell in love with this piece, as it turns up on many of his recordings. Others who recorded it frequently include pianists Kenny Drew, Don Friedman, and especially Bill Evans. This widely known work has also been recorded by Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Marian McPartland, Toots Thielemans, John Abercrombie, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Dorham, Tal Farlow, and surprisingly, tenor saxophonist Pharoah Sanders!

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Brubeck Plays Brubeck 1956 Columbia 5:01
Dave Brubeck's Greatest Hits 1966 Sony Music Distribution
All the Things We Are 1973 Rhino Atlantic 7:40
The Tomato Sampler 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 4:30
Time Signatures: A Career Retrospective 1992 Columbia/Legacy 8:43
WNUA 95.5: Smooth Jazz Sampler for AIDS Relief 1994 1994
Various Artists
AAO Music 4:41
Dave Brubeck Jazz Collection 1995 Sony Music Distribution
The Quartet 1996 Laserlight 7:46
In Their Own Sweet Way 1997 Telarc Distribution 6:38
Triple Play 1998 Telarc Distribution 7:49
Love Songs 2000 Sony BMG / Sony Music Distribution / Sbme Special Mkts. 4:59
Ken Burns Jazz 2000 Sony Music Distribution
In a Dancing Mood 2001 Magnum Collectors 4:42
Dinner Party Jazz 2001
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:42
Take Five [German Box Set] 2002 Sony Music Distribution 5:01
Ballads: Music for You 2002 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 4:59
The Essential Dave Brubeck 2003 Sony Music 4:58
Just Jazz: Late Night Jazz 2003
Various Artists
Direct Source 4:42
Jazz Moods: Cool 2004 Legacy / Columbia/Legacy 8:14
The Jazz Scene [St. Clair CD & DVD] 2004
Various Artists
St. Clair 4:38
Legends: Jazz Legends 2005
Various Artists
Legends 4:44
Essential Collection 2007 West End Records / Avid 8:09
Jazz Profiles 2007 Commercial Canada / Columbia 5:00
Live in '64 & '66 [DVD] 2007 Jazz Icons
Collections 2008 Sony BMG 5:00
Dinner Time Jazz [WG] 2008
Various Artists
Phantom Import Distribution / Weton-Wesgram / WG Productions
Classic Album Collection 2008 Golden Stars 4:59
Only the Best of Dave Brubeck 2008 Collectables 7:38
Take Five and Live 2011 Gralin Music 4:57
Jazz Explosion, Vol. 2 2013 Jazz Classics 4:59
No Image
Various Artists
Jazz Station: Juke Box Hits
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:43
Smooth Jazz [AAO]
Various Artists
AAO Music / United Audio Entertainment 4:43
The Real... Columbia
No Image Real Gone Jazz
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