pageok
pageok
pageok
Paul Desmond Quartet Plays "Emily":
Paul Desmond is mostly known for being the saxophonist in the Dave Brubeck Quartet for many years, and in particular for having written "Take Five" on the ever-popular Time Out. Here's a clip of Desmond leading a quartet at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1975 playing Desmond's ballad "Emily":
Incidentally, there are several versions of the Brubeck Quartet with Desmond playing "Take Five" up on YouTube. None of the performances really grab me, but if you need to hear it check out this version from 1961 on Ralph Gleason's Jazz Casual show.
TechieLaw (mail) (www):
Beautiful. Is that clip available on a CD somewhere?
9.9.2007 6:13pm
TechieLaw (mail) (www):
Or, if it isn't, can you recommend something close?
9.9.2007 6:14pm
OrinKerr:
TechieLaw,

Glad you liked it. I'm not sure, but I would guess it is on this DVD.
9.9.2007 11:32pm
OrinKerr:
Oh, and here's a live album of that group from the same year. I don't have it, though, so I can't really say how good it is.
9.9.2007 11:43pm
JPJazz:
Hey! There's five of them in that quartet!

Paul Desmond was also a talented comedic writer. Here is his classic How Many of You Are There in the Quartet?

Paul is my favorite alto player. He once said he tried to make his alto sound "like a dry martini".
9.10.2007 1:25am
Thales (mail) (www):
Paul's attempt to get that sound was probably aided by his frequent consumption of same. Too bad he died fairly young, but the great recordings live on.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Desmond
9.10.2007 12:50pm
JunkYardLawDog (mail):
Desmond does have a really sweet and breathy tonal quality to his Alto Sax melodies, especially compared to the rougher and buzzier sound from most of his contemporaries on Tenor. It certainly is a soft jazz sound that would go well with a dimly candle lit room and a comfortable sofa, a girlfriend, and a martini (liquid or solid). Good luck finding a girlfriend who would appreciate that music these days however.

I'm so used to the Take Five version on the Time Out album that the more highly improvised version that Orin linked to was interesting, but wouldn't be my first choice for that dim room, sofa, and martini.

Says the "Dog"
9.10.2007 5:51pm