“This is a classic song by Dave Brubeck. Emi and I had been playing it a lot on my clinic tours, so we decided to try it in the studio. I know that she would have preferred to use a real acoustic piano, but I don’t have room for one at my studio, and we wanted to perform live with the band, so she used a Yamaha S90ES. It still sounds good, and it has a lot of attack. I played the harmony lines that were played by the saxophone on the original version. It’s pretty intense with the odd time feel.
“It’s in F, which is a nightmare of a key for a rock guitarist, but I’m getting used to it. Also, the changes are a bit more complex than a standard I-IV-V blues. It’s got a VI chord and a ii chord in it, as well. In jazz, these are common, but for a rock guy like me, it was quite challenging to navigate this unfamiliar territory. I did my best.”