I’m headin’ back to my cool jazz roots today, JazzBabies, and who better to take me there than Dave Brubeck who was about as cool as they come. Brubeck composed this tune back in 1952 for his wife, and it was first released on Brubeck’s 1956 album Brubeck Plays Brubeck.
“In Your Own Sweet Way” has become a jazz classic recorded by many artists including other jazz pianists like Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett. I first heard it in a little café in a little town in Oregon played by a man who’d had something of a jazz career but who might have, probably should have, had a wider audience than he ultimately did. He went by the name Dick Blake back then and later changed it to Richard Applegate in an attempt to rid himself of his demons. Dick was a force to be reckoned with and not always a pleasant force, but he could play the piano like a god.
The song title was used as the title to the 2010 Clint Eastwood documentary film about Brubeck. And here he is, JazzBabies, Dave Brubeck in his own and very cool sweet way.