Paul Desmond – Pick Up Sticks

‘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.

Paul Desmond - Pick Up Sticks




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