- Artist: Paul Desmond
- Album: Dave Brubeck: Time Out (1959)
- Track: Pick Up Sticks
- Instrument: Alto Sax
‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house…Paul Desmond!
This track really grooves, the back-beat is so strong! But it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out that it was in 6/4. Two and Four were easy to find, but it was hard to find One for some reason. Every time I thought I had it, I felt like I was turning the beat around (which of course I was since I was counting in 4/4 at first). I should have known better since this album is all about odd time signatures.
But once I figured the time signature out, it was all downhill. It’s a one-chord song with a bluesy feel, and just beautiful playing. Nothing too difficult, but of course the time signature is a real challenge to play over since no one is used to playing six-beat phrases.
Note: I had to mix the volume of the original track very low to avoid having YouTube flag my video for copyright reasons.