This week’s listening assignment is Blue Rondo a la Turk by the Dave Brubeck quartet!
Blue Rondo a la Turk features a 9/8 melody, alternating with a more standard 4/4 swing section. Listen for the repeated rhythm that bounces across all of the instruments, and the saxophone solo by Paul Desmond.
Paul Desmond has a great sound, and I really like how his articulation is so clean and light in staccato sections. With saxophone it’s very easy for staccato articulations to be heavy and harsh, something we must work hard to avoid.
Take a listen and tell me what you think!