His father was from a Jewish family from Bohemia and Austria, and his mother was Catholic; throughout his life, Desmond was unsure of his father's background. During childhood he spent years living with relatives in New York City due to problems at home. The boxy, confined live sound doesn't suit the late saxophonist -- nor, obviously, the perfectionist standards at Telarc -- but every precious unreleased note from Desmond is definitely worth sampling at whatever sonic level. Much of the success of the classic Brubeck quartet was due to the juxtaposition of his airy style over Brubeck's sometimes relatively heavy, piano work. Desmond began playing violin at an early age, though his father forbade him to play it. The two continued to play at the club to jam-packed audiences. After convincing Brubeck to hire him following his stint with , the two had a contract drafted of which Brubeck was the sole signatory ; the language forbade Brubeck from firing him, ensured Brubeck's status as group leader, and gave Desmond twenty percent of all profits generated from the quartet.
There are passages in this session where Desmond sounds a bit uncharacteristically scattered and unfocused, where guitarist Ed Bickert becomes the more fluid and stable solo partner, and bassist and engineer Don Thompson takes a lengthy solo on every track. After years of chain smoking and poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 after a tour with Brubeck. Dave Brubeck and Paul Desmond, October 8, 1954 Background information Birth name Paul Emil Breitenfeld Born 1924-11-25 November 25, 1924 San Francisco, California, U. Jesus Christ Superstar 4:54 5. Perry Robinson In June 1969 Desmond appeared at the with , procuring favorable reactions from critics and audience members. Paul was a gifted musician, and a talented writer who took an early interest in show business. The success of the quartet led to a magazine piece on them in 1954, with the famous cover featuring Brubeck's face.
Dave Brubeck interview with Desmond had met in 1944 while still in the military. He spent three years in the military, but his unit was not called to combat. Here's That Rainy Day 4:50 6. Accompanying them were Brubeck's sons , Dan Brubeck and. Desmond met Canadian guitarist through Hall in Toronto, Canada and began performing with him at several clubs in the Toronto area.
Duets 1975 is a nicely laidback work from the duo — playing here with no other accompaniment, in a spare set of material that's incredibly fragile and intimate — and all the better for that. With his special brand of humor, Desmond said that he took the job only because he was nearby and could tumble out of bed to work. Desmond reportedly owned a Baldwin grand piano, which he lent to , owner of Bradley's piano bar in , with the condition that Cunningham had to move the large piano back to Desmond's Upper West Side apartment to become part of Desmond's estate. In contrast, Brubeck was a stalwart family man. However, Desmond came to his home in San Francisco one day while Dave was out back hanging diapers on a laundry line, and Iola let him in and took him to Dave. Bebop: The Music and Its Players. He enjoyed reading works by the thinkers of his generation like and , also dabbling in some usage.
In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated with , , , and. Clarinetist recalls in his autobiography that Desmond would sometimes need a shot just to go on playing during his later career. Unlike Brubeck, Mulligan personally shared much in common with Desmond. The album was recorded under Desmond's name, but Hall's the guitarist throughout, and his playing lends an indescribably wonderful edge to the set, making the album a real team effort! You Go To My Head 7:56 3. Recorded live in Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club several months before the live dates released on Horizon and Artists House, it finds Desmond growing comfortable with his new Toronto friends but not quite settled into their laid-back ways quite yet. After some time spent inactive, Desmond was asked to play the Half Note in New York City in 1971 by guitarist.
Essential Jazz: The First 100 Years. Brubeck was trying out for the 253rd Army band which Desmond belonged to. Awash in Dewar's and full of health. The Paul Desmond Papers are held at the Holt-Atherton Special Collections in the Library. This rare side was cut for Warner Brothers during a time when they were taking a brief dip into jazz — and it's a rarely-heard set that features Jim Hall on.
The record's a spacey jazz masterpiece — and it combine's Quincy's soulful soundtrack vision with the excellent production talents of Creed Taylor, for a monster album of long drawn out cuts that mix soul jazz with more sophisticated. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws. Never without his humor, after he was diagnosed with cancer he expressed pleasure at the health of his liver. This is easily the cream of the crop of 's post- recordings as a leader and rivals the studio albums he recorded with ; it is unfortunate that was diagnosed with lung cancer around the time this recording was first issued in 1976, which cut short a brilliant career far too soon. Desmond's playing was also notable for his ability to produce extremely high notes, the register, on his saxophone.
These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. Bags' New Groove 5:10 Paul Desmond as , Milt Jackson vb , John Lewis p , Percy Heath b , Connie Kay d. The group here is a well-sele. He also worked with Brubeck at the Geary Cellar in San Francisco. His father was a pianist, organist, and composer, who accompanied silent films in movie theaters and arranged for music companies. Paul Desmond Desmond was quite well-read and retained a unique wit.