After a lengthy spell of no posts, I found some time to write. I won’t say free time, because if I do, an assignment will suddenly appear. While sitting in a particularly boring lecture the other day, I began to think about Paul Desmond’s public and private spats with drummers in Brubeck’s quartets. Continue reading
Category Archives: Desmond’s Quotes
For the last few weeks, everyone and their mother has been abuzz with excitement about the total eclipse, billed as the Great American Eclipse. To commemorate the event, I thought I’d spotlight a jazz tune all about lunar happenings.
This galactic installment of ‘Desmond’s Quotes’ Continue reading
This installment of Desmond’s Quotes comes from yet another live appearance in a nightclub, luckily recorded from a radio broadcast over 60 years ago. In January of 1952, Dave Brubeck and his Quartet were in Boston, Massachusetts, as part of their first tour of the East Coast, or as announcer Nat Hentoff called it, their “eastern hegira”. Which is actually kind of funny yet true when you apply the context of the word ‘hegira’. Continue reading
After focusing on records for so long, this post is a change of pace and a return to one of the original reasons why I started my blog in the first place: Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck! In this edition of ‘Desmond’s Quotes’, I finally and actually solve a mystery that was sparked by something I read in a book. Continue reading
Paul Desmond counted Gerry Mulligan as one of his friends, and enjoyed playing with him on records and in live performances. This friendship was evident in Paul’s music,as he often drew upon Mulligan’s innovative piano-less quartet format for his own recording sessions. Continue reading
Paul Desmond’s penchant for slipping quotes from other songs or solos into his own solos is well known among jazz musicians and his fans. Desmond’s discography is rife with examples. Dave Brubeck often talked about the way Desmond would weave together different quotes from various songs to tell a story or communicate a message. Continue reading