Listening assignment for the week of 1/20

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!

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