Unsquare Dance

Written by Dave Brubeck, arranged by Chris Brubeck
Arrangements available for Orchestra, Orchestra & Jazz Combo, Big Band, and Jazz Quartet

Written in 7/4 time, Unsquare Dance is an example of Brubeck’s exploration of time signatures. According to Brubeck, it was written during a single trip from his home to the recording studio and was recorded the same day. The song is based on a blues structure but also has a distinct country and western feel, as implied in the title (a square dance being a fixture of western US culture). “Unsquare Dance” is driven by a strong bass figure, with percussion provided primarily by the rim of the snare drum and hand claps. It combines duple and triple meter.