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Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond is widely recognized for his genius as a melodic improviser and as the benchmark of cool jazz sax players. His warm, elegant tone was one that he admittedly tried to make sound like a dry martini. He and Art Pepper were virtually the only alto players of their generation not directly influenced by Charlie Parker. Desmond was influenced by Lester Young, but took it further, into melodic and harmonic worlds never before traveled by reedmen -- especially in the upper registers. Desmond is best known for his years with the Dave Brubeck Quartet (1959-1967) and his well-known composition "Take Five." He met Brubeck in the late '40s and played with his Octet. The Quartet formed toward the end of 1950 and took final shape with Eugene Wright and Joe Morello a few years later. Jazz at Oberlin and Take Five were considered essential purchases by college students of the era, but Jazz Impressions of Japan was its most innovative recording. Desmond played his loping, slow, ordered, and intricate solos in direct contrast to the pianist's obsession with large chords, creating a myriad of textures for melodic and rhythmic counterpoint unlike any heard in jazz. His witty quotations from musicals, classical pieces, and folk songs were also a watermark of his artistry. When the Quartet split in 1967, Desmond began an intermittent yet satisfying recording career. It included dates with Gerry Mulligan for Verve, various sessions with Jim Hall, and a concert with the the Modern Jazz Quartet. He played his last gigs with the Brubeck Quartet at reunions before dying of lung cancer. Desmond's recordings for RCA have gotten box-set treatment and Mosaic issued one of the complete sessions with Hall. There are also reissues from A&M and CTI, though recordings on Artist House and Finesse remain regrettably out of print. ~ Thom Jurek, Rovi
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Paul's night with Brubeck playing 'Take Five' changed my life forever. I've heard it said that Dave wrote it for Joe Morrano. However it evolved, perhaps it was the 5:4 time, and of course Paul's unique velvet tone, it was the pure genius in music of those three.
P.D. Plays the GLB with the GM
Jazzy....... l o v e it!
I attended the last concert of the Dave Brubeck Quartet in 1967 in the Ballroom of the Hilton Hotel in Pittsburgh, Pa. The concert was scheduled to go from 8:00 to 11:00 with one half hour intermission .

After the intermission it was if the audience faded away and there was no one left in the room but Dave, Paul Eugene and Joe. They played until nearly 1:00 am. I think they played every song they had ever played together. It was the most memorable night of my life.

And it wasn't recorded
I like that jazz whisper''let ' s go to my room.....
Paul Desmond really had a unique sound.
contact81
An astonishing number of people seem upset by just that one word, infamous, in the article. Take Five could be infamous because OTHER people have covered it and overplayed it, not because there is anything wrong with the original composition. An analogy: Nuclear Fission is infamous now, although Enrico Fermi's work in physics was genius, original, and praise-worth y . I am not saying *I* think it is infamous. But there is a colorable case for it, meaning it wasn't the wrong word.
jpvigluc
The number of. Comments says it all.....his artistry was a gift to humanity.
I once tried to tell Paul the huge influence he had on my life as a teenager and ever since. He got nervous and shrugged: It's nice to be appreciated. Indeed.
galvarez05
1955, at the Florintine Gardens Brubeck & Desmond played like something no one had ever heard BEFORE. SRO, everyone was mesmorized with what these two future Giants were creating, in that dark smoke filled room , i will never forget that night at 9pm i was hook ed for life . thanks you two.
I especially love the bossa-flavor e d jazz.
nice one......... . . .
Was the best
Infamous means that it is noted for bad aspects.
Take Five is famous, NOT infamous. The first million-sell i n g jazz composition. This writer needs to read his dictionary
ladycheltenh a m 3
Love this. my Dad was a sax man.
Ubiquitous or famous, but definitely not infamous.
steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
used to play him out my window in S.F. made the day cooler
great cool sax blower with Dave Brubeck and Jobim and so on ,blowin up up in heaven...mak i n folks cooolll.
infamous...c a n mean legendary, fabled, famed, and Take Five is certainly that. It is more commonly used as a pajorative adjective. Take Five, and the album, ushered in a new jazz, one exploring time, and as all things new, had its detractors, who might view Take Five in such a dim light. Thankfully, the public overruled that view.
depierce
Why infamous composition Take Five? What's infamous about the tune?
Dave Brubeck-just passed away yesderday 12/5/12 and I just had to hear Paul Desmond toooo-- two greats are doing their music some where in the Beyond !!!!!!!! carlos
scott.harris 8 4
Paul achieved what is the jazz musicians highest accolade- wonderfully unique. No one is the greatest because there are others who stand out with what they bring ,but few are recognized so easily by their sound (tone). His improvs are inventive and of song quality. There are other greats, but Paul stands alone among that field.
danielkonikv i d e o
Infamous? Perhaps it was reviled by jazz snobs for it's immense popularity, but that's just hipster horsecrap. We know greatness when we hear it.
I started listening to Paul in the late 50s. I liked his cool alto sax then and I still like it today.
dixon23
Pplease don't use the word infamous when you mean famous, look it up.
never too late -take it up again--yeah Desmond was always the essential essence of cool!!! I hope Anna Kristina (then Shultz) is still alive happy & healthy & still listening & diggin it!!
ttaormina1
As an Alto Sax player in high school in the late 80's, I can safely say that if I'd known Paul Desmond's music back then I would have never quit playing and would have spent countless hours trying to copy his sound. I would have been a musician today instead of an accountant.
One of the music-revela t i o n s of my life was being turned on at the end of the 50's- I was 17yrs old- to contemporary jazz artist such as Miles & Desmond (among others) by my 18yr old German girlfriend (1st serious one) Her brother ran a record store & Germans were -& still are -huge jazz appreciators ! Thank you Anna Kristina (nee Shultz) wherever you are!
Very unique sound to Mr. Desmond's playing, he said he wanted to sound like a dry martini. Distinctive, classy, and not over the top. And like so many others have said in here, his collaboratio n with Dave Brubeck will go down as timeless.
Thank you Pandora. You are a class act. Love your selections.
How well I still remember being in jr. high (c. 1960) and the beatnik- wannabe kid down the street turned me on to Brubeck and Dersmond together on the Time Out LP. I also remember the day in '77 when news of his death came over the wire at the Chgo. paper I was working at. A bunch of us drank to his memory that sad night. RIP Paul...you'r e still the best there was.
slopetersons
hiiiiii
raymond_gonz a l e s
As a young Marine coming home after two years overseas, I was looking forward to getting to the Blackhawk Jazz club on the corner of Turk and Hyde in San Francisco. It was the coolest place on West Coast, and for me to hear Paul Desmond there was like getting to heaven. I have all of his recordings and sleep with them often.
I never get enough of this music. There are so many GREAT artist to listen to. My head spins. My mouth waters. I remember the days of tar records and the turntable. Late night Saturday, babysitting my nieces and nephew, They are asleep, soundly, I listen to Pharoah Saunders:the Creator Has a Master Plan. for the first time, Wow! I have heard the prayer of my soul in this man's music. I am humbled. I am proud to have been a part of it all, even just as a listener.
Zounds, most of these glorious comments about Paul Desmond are a Treasure. Wish y'all were my neighbors, you're concept & perception is beautiful.
DVPiano; Thanks for your comment, just enlightened me. Paul Desmond is my FAVE Sax musician. I'd like to get his 59th Street Bridge Song on a DVD. I just don't do mp3 downloads..
Paul and I were in school, the army, and college together. We even worked our first pro gig together. A better player never lived. His death was a deep loss for me.
mrgarfield39
i CAN'T FIGURE THIS CRAP OUT!!!
steveandlaur a 7 1 8 9
one of the first records i ever bought 25 cents jazz goes to college.scra t c h e d yet beautiful.he opened my ears
How ironic that PD would die of lung cancer, the tools that he used to power those timeless melodic riffs that wafted through the room like the smoke from those cigarettes he was always puffing.
walkingman71 7
... Paul always kept it melodic - none of that high register deedle-deedl e showoff Kenny G junk.
germaine.hab e r m a n
I grew up on this music and it is a part of my soul.
sandoval.pri s c i l a
i wish more people of my generation composed like this.
sax so cool!
Well you can have East coast/West coast rap, but in the pantheon of jazz it is cut and dried.
Quite possibly the coolest and melodic alto and tenor sax player of our time. Desmond help Mulligan and Baker cement the "West Coast Sound" heard up and down Century Boulevard and stood toe to with the emerging bop sounds of Gillespie, Davis, and Parker, but with agreeably a more mellow Bill Evans approach. Way too cool and timeless!
cool i like very nice
the master remember from 1959 with brubeck had 45,s and played them into the ground
His work with Brubeck is the coolest stuff ever. I never get tired of it.
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