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!