Improvising Over the Chord Changes to "In Your Own Sweet Way"

The Dave Brubeck standard, "In Your Own Sweet Way," presents a challenge to improvisors: how to solo over a progression that spans a wide range of keys at a fast tempo. It starts in G minor, moves to Bb, Gb, D, C and then Db in it's thirty-two bars. Kirk Lightsey sheds some light on this problem in his recording of the tune on his 2004 Sunnyside release, "The Night's of Bradley's." Watch as the transcription of his solo is analyzed for the four components of melodic construction and gain insight into his improvisational concept to inform your own approach to soloing over this tune.
Lesson Stats
Date added: 10/24/10
Duration: 16:41
Practice Sessions
Practice Session 1 - Play the Lesson Introduction Transcription
Practice Session 2 -Improvise Over the Chord Changes to “In Your Own Sweet Way”
Practice Session 3 - Improvising with Melodic Devices Derived from the Transcription
Further Listening
In "The Night's of Bradley's," Kirk Lightsey (in duo with bassist Rufus Reid) plays a jovial and energetic set of standards amidst a comical cacophony of background noise in this live recording made in 1985 at the now shuttered New York City club of the same name.

The usual din of the crowd and the requisite clinking of cocktail glasses present in most live recordings is a mere whisper compared to the constantly ringing cash register (which sounds like it is mounted on the piano) and the relentlessly beeping kitchen equipment that provide the backdrop to the masterful playing on this 2004 Sunnyside release.
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