PAUL DESMOND

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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 read more...
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Enlightenment 2018
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Take TenTake Ten
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Desmond BlueDesmond Blue
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PAUL DESMOND Discography

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PAUL DESMOND Desmond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Desmond
Cool Jazz 1954
PAUL DESMOND Featuring Don Elliott album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Featuring Don Elliott
Cool Jazz 1956
PAUL DESMOND Focus On (aka That's Jazz: Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Percy Heath, Connie Kay) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Focus On (aka That's Jazz: Paul Desmond, Jim Hall, Percy Heath, Connie Kay)
Cool Jazz 1960
PAUL DESMOND First Place Again (aka East Of The Sun aka Paul Desmond aka Paul Desmond And Friends) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
First Place Again (aka East Of The Sun aka Paul Desmond aka Paul Desmond And Friends)
Cool Jazz 1960
PAUL DESMOND Two Of A Mind (with Gerry Mulligan) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Two Of A Mind (with Gerry Mulligan)
Cool Jazz 1962
PAUL DESMOND Glad To Be Unhappy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Glad To Be Unhappy
Cool Jazz 1965
PAUL DESMOND Bossa Antigua (feat. Jim Hall) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bossa Antigua (feat. Jim Hall)
Cool Jazz 1965
PAUL DESMOND Easy Living album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Easy Living
Cool Jazz 1966
PAUL DESMOND Summertime album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Summertime
Bossa Nova 1968
PAUL DESMOND From the Hot Afternoon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
From the Hot Afternoon
Cool Jazz 1969
PAUL DESMOND Bridge Over Troubled Water album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Cool Jazz 1969
PAUL DESMOND Skylark album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
Skylark
Cool Jazz 1974
PAUL DESMOND Pure Desmond album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Pure Desmond
Cool Jazz 1975
PAUL DESMOND Masters Of Jazz Vol. 13 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Masters Of Jazz Vol. 13
Cool Jazz 1979
PAUL DESMOND Late Lament album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Late Lament
Cool Jazz 1987

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PAUL DESMOND Paul And Dave : Jazz Interwoven album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul And Dave : Jazz Interwoven
Cool Jazz 1954
PAUL DESMOND Desmond Blue (aka Pure Gold Jazz aka Late Lament) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Desmond Blue (aka Pure Gold Jazz aka Late Lament)
Cool Jazz 1962
PAUL DESMOND Take Ten album cover 5.00 | 2 ratings
Take Ten
Cool Jazz 1963
PAUL DESMOND The Paul Desmond Quartet Live album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Paul Desmond Quartet Live
Bossa Nova 1976
PAUL DESMOND Paul Desmond (aka Audrey: Live in Toronto 1975) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Paul Desmond (aka Audrey: Live in Toronto 1975)
Cool Jazz 1978
PAUL DESMOND The Paul Desmond With Modern Jazz Quartet The Only Recorded Performance album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Paul Desmond With Modern Jazz Quartet The Only Recorded Performance
Cool Jazz 1981
PAUL DESMOND Like Someone in Love (Live In Toronto) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Like Someone in Love (Live In Toronto)
Cool Jazz 1992
PAUL DESMOND Edmonton Festival '76 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Edmonton Festival '76
Cool Jazz 2008

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PAUL DESMOND The Best Of Paul Desmond album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of Paul Desmond
Cool Jazz 1990
PAUL DESMOND The Paul Desmond Quintet/Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Paul Desmond Quintet/Quartet
Cool Jazz 1993
PAUL DESMOND Feeling Blue album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Feeling Blue
Cool Jazz 1997
PAUL DESMOND Planet Jazz album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Planet Jazz
Cool Jazz 1997
PAUL DESMOND The Best of the Complete album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of the Complete
Cool Jazz 2000
PAUL DESMOND Desmond Blue / Take Ten album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Desmond Blue / Take Ten
Cool Jazz 2000
PAUL DESMOND Cool Imagination album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Cool Imagination
Cool Jazz 2002
PAUL DESMOND Complete Jazz at Storyville album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Complete Jazz at Storyville
Cool Jazz 2004
PAUL DESMOND But Happy album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
But Happy
Cool Jazz 2015
PAUL DESMOND Here I Am - Quintet and Quartet album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Here I Am - Quintet and Quartet
Cool Jazz 2015

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PAUL DESMOND Glad To Be Unhappy

Album · 1965 · Cool Jazz
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To the sweetness of Paul Desmond’s alto again. So far this is the only solo release from Desmond that I own, but I do enjoy his playing in other settings (Brubeck etc) and so I’ll definitely be getting more. In the meantime I should get to the music already.

A low-key cool, this record is an almost lethargic set, there’s a lot of space between phrasing from both Desmond and Hall, and each use it effectively. There’s not a single crowded moment, but conversely, across the whole of the songs I was hoping for a little bit more variety. Nevertheless, the music is pretty much perfect for the umbrella-weather the model on the cover suggests – so long as you’re indoors yourself.

Almost a duet album, Jim Hall is just as prominent as the leader, doubtless why he gets the ‘featuring’ tag, and he’s most welcome. His usual clean tone is present, occasionally playing a little bouncy on the tracks with more blues, in a ‘A Taste of Honey,’ we finally hear him pluck the strings a little harder for his solo, but mostly he’s lyrical and gives off the vibe that, this is all pretty effortless, as much cool jazz can. That’s not to take away from what’s involved in cool jazz, he just makes it sound easy. As does Desmond, who is his usual emotive self. On the title track, easily the standout, Desmond is especially mournful. Throughout he takes great care with the melody, such as in my favourite piece on the album, ‘A Taste of Honey.’ ‘Angle Eyes’ is another fine moment and ‘Stranger in Town’ is also worth mentioning, but basically, this is pleasant listening all round.

Kay, Wright and Cherico (appearing once) don’t take any chances in the rhythm section but ‘Glad to Be Unhappy’ is a showcase for the leaders, so long as you’re happy with that and already like Paul Desmond or Jim Hall, this album is probably worth getting a hold of.

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