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PAUL DESMOND: MILESTONES OF A LEGEND (10 CDS)
PAUL DESMOND: MILESTONES OF A LEGEND (10 CDS)

PAUL DESMOND: MILESTONES OF A LEGEND (10 CDS)

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Among Modern Jazz greats, Paul Desmond (1924 - 1977) had one of the most
characteristic sounds on the alto saxophone. His clear, radiant, yet warm tone
paired with a pronounced melodic lyricism led Desmond himself to compare it to a dry Martini.

Born as Paul Emil Breitenfeld in San Francisco, California, he became world famous as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, whose biggest hit "Take Five" he composed. The Californian sound of the Brubeck Quartet, catchy in all its quality compared to the more aggressive East Coast Jazz, exactly matched the taste of the predominantly white college crowd of the '50s, and the quartet soon reached cult status through its Campus Concerts.


The two musicians agreed that Desmond would only form “piano-less” groups for his solo projects, and so Desmond's successful studio collaboration with guitarist Jim Hall, as well as another musically outstanding quartet with the baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan came to be. If one compares the resulting albums and Desmond's recordings with Brubeck, the listener discovers the whole musical spectrum and range of expression of this fantastic musician.

Desmond, who had a decidedly dry sense of humor, was not only keen on whiskey, but also a chain smoker, and unfortunately died of a lung carcinoma in 1977.

CD 1
■ Paul Desmond Quintet - Desmond
1. A Garden in the Rain (James
Dyrenforth, Carroll Gibbons) 3.02
2. Soon (George & Ira Gershwin) 3.01
3. Winky (Bill Bates) 4.35
4. Will I Know (Jack Weeks) 2.53
5. Jeruvian (David van Kriedt) 2.59
6. Baroque [Choral Prelude] (David van
Kriedt) 3.16
7. But Happy [Fugue IV] (David van Kriedt)
3.49
8. Misty Window (David van Kriedt) 3.06
9. Warm Cradle (David van Kriedt) 3.04
Paul Desmond (as) Dick Collins (tp) David
Van Kriedt (ts) Barney Kessel (git) Bob
Bates (b) Joe Dodge (drs) The Bill Bates
Singers (voc: 1 - 4) Jack Weeks (ar: 1- 4)
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood,
in October and November 1954
■ Paul Desmond Quartet feat. Don Elliott
10. Jazzabelle (Paul Desmond) 2.21
11. A Watchmans Carrol (Don Elliott) 2.53
12. Everything Happens to Me (Tom Adair,
Matt Dennis) 3.26
13. Let's Get Away from It All (Tom Adair,
Matt Dennis) 2.26
14. Look for the Silver Lining (Jerome
Kern, DeSylva) 2.35
15. Sacre Blues (Paul Desmond) 4.34
16. You Go to My Head (J. Fred Coots,
Dizzy Gillespie) 2.51
17. Line for Lyons (Gerry Mulligan) 2.28
18. 'S Wonderful (George & Ira Gershwin)
2.50
Paul Desmond (as) Don Elliott (tp)
Norman Bates (b) Joe Dodge (drs)
Recorded in San Francisco on February
14, 1956
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 2
■ Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz At The
College Of the Pacific Vol 2
1. All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern,
Oscar Hammerstein II) 3.02
2. Laura (David Raksin, Johnny Mercer)
3.01
3. Lullaby in Rhythm (Walter Hirsch,
Benny Goodman) 4.35
4. I'll Never Smile Again (Ruth Lowe)
2.53
5. I Remember You (Victor Schertzinger,
Johnny Mercer) 2.59
6. For All We Know (J. Fred Coots, Sam
M. Lewis) 3.16
Dave Brubeck (p) Paul Desmond (as)
Ron Crotty (b) Joe Dodge (drs)
Recorded at College of the Pacific,
Stockton, on December 14, 1953
■ Brubeck / Desmond - Jazz At
Storyville
7. Over The Rainbow (E. Y.Harburg,
Harold Arlen) 3.49
8. You Go To My Head (J. Fred Coots,
Dizzy Gillespie) 3.06
9. Crazy Chris (Dave Brubeck, Paul
Desmond) 3.04
10. Give A Little Whistle (Leigh Harline,
Ned Washington) 2.21
11. Lady Be Good (George & Ira
Gershwin) 2.53
12. Tea For Two (Irving Caesar, Vincent
Youmans) 3.26
Dave Brubeck (p) Paul Desmond (as)
Ron Crotty (b) Lloyd Davis (drs)
Recorded at George Wein's Storyville in
Boston on October 2, 1952
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 3
■ Gerry Mulligan Paul Desmond Quartet
- Blues In Time
1. Blues in Time (Paul Desmond) 3.02
2. Body and Soul (Johnny Green,
Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank
Eyton) 3.01
3. Standstill (Gerry Mulligan) 4.35
4. Line for Lyons (Gerry Mulligan) 2.53
5. Wintersong Time (Paul Desmond)
2.59
6. Battle Hymn of the Republican (Paul
Desmond) 3.16
Paul Desmond (as) Gerry Mulligan (brs)
Joe Benjamin (b) Dave Bailey (drs)
Recorded at Capitol Studios, Los
Angeles on August 2, 1957 and Fine
Sound Studio, New York on August 27,
1957
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 4
■ Paul Desmond - First Place Again
1. I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter)
3.02
2. For All We Know (J. Fred Coots, Sam
M. Lewis) 3.01
3. Two Degrees East, Three Degrees
West (John Lewis) 4.35
4. Greensleeves (Traditional) 2.53
5. You Go to My Head (J. Fred Coots,
Haven Gillespie) 2.59
6. East of the Sun (and West of the
Moon) (Brooks Bowman) 3.16
7. Time After Time (Jule Styne, Sammy
Cahn) 3.49
Paul Desmond (as) Jim Hall (git) Percy
Heath (b) Connie Kay (drs)
Recorded in New York City on
September 5–7, 1959
■ Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck -
Jazz Interwoven
8. At A Perfume Counter (Edgar Leslie,
Joe Burke) 3.06
9. Stardust (Hoagey Carmichael,
Mitchell Parish) 3.04
10. Crazy Chris (Dave Brubeck) 2.21
Dave Brubeck (p) Paul Desmond (as)
Bob Bates (b) Joe Dodge (drs)
Recorded at University Of California,
Berkeley, and Storyville, Boston, in
March 1954
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 5
■ Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue
1. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz
Hart) 3.02
2. Desmond Blue (Paul Desmond) 3.01
3. Then I'll Be Tired of You (Arthur Schwartz, Yip
Harburg) 4.35
4. I've Got You Under My Skin (Cole Porter) 2.53
5. Late Lament (Paul Desmond) 2.59
6. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston,
Sammy Cahn) 3.16
7. Like Someone in Love (Jimmy Van Heusen,
Johnny Burke) 3.49
8. Ill Wind (Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler) 3.06
9. Body and Soul (Johnny Green, Frank Eyton,
Edward Heyman, Robert Sour) 3.04
Paul Desmond (as) Albert Richman (french horn:
tracks 1-4, 8 & 9) Phil Bodner ( 5-7), Robert Doty
(1), George Marge ( 1), Romeo Penque ( 2-9),
Stan Webb ( 2-4, 8
& 9) (woodwinds) Gloria Agostini (2-9), Eugene
Bianco (1) (harp)
Jim Hall( git) Gene Cherico (1), Milt Hinton (2-9)
(b) Connie Kay (1), Bobby Thomas (2-9) (dr)
unidentified string section conducted by Bob
Prince
Recorded in New York City on September 13and
28 and October 2, 1961
■ Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan - Two Of A
Mind
10. All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern, Oscar
Hammerstein II) 2.21
11. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish)
2.53
12. Two of a Mind (Paul Desmond) 3.26
13. Blight of the Fumble Bee (Gerry Mulligan)
2.26
14. The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome Kern,
Dorothy Fields) 2.35
15. Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green, Edward
Heyman) 4.34
Paul Desmond (as) Gerry Mulligan (brs) John
Beal (b:13) Joe Benjamin (b: 12 & 15),
Wendell Marshall (b: 10 & 11) Connie Kay (drs:
10, 11, 14) Mel Lewis (drs: 12 & 15),
Recorded at RCA Studio A in New York City on
June 26, 1962 (tracks 13 & 14), July 3, 1962
(tracks 10 & 11) and August 13, 1962 (tracks 12
& 15)
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 6
■ Dave Brubeck Octet
1. The Way You Look Tonight (Dorothy
Fields, Jerome Kern) 3.02
2. Love Walked In (George Gershwin,
Ira Gershwin) 3.01
3. What Is This Thing Called Love?
(Cole Porter) 4.35
4. September In The Rain (Al Dubin,
Harry Warren) 2.53
5. Prelude (David Van Kriedt) 2.59
6. Fugue On Bop Themes (David Van
Kriedt) 3.16
7. Let's Fall In Love (Harold Arlen, Ted
Koehler) 3.49
8. Ipca (William O. Smith) 3.06
9. How High The Moon (Morgan Lewis,
Nancy Hamilton) 3.04
10. Serenade Suite (David Van Kriedt
2.21
11. Playland-At-The-Beach (Dave
Brubeck) 2.53
12. Prisoner's Song (Guy Massey) 3.26
13. Schizophrenic Scherzo (William O.
Smith) 2.26
14. Rondo (Dave Brubeck) 2.35
15. I Hear A Rhapsody (Dick Gasparre,
George Fragos, Jack Baker, Richard
Bard) 4.34
16. You Go To My Head (Dizzy
Gillespie, J. Fred Coots) 2.26
17. Laura (David Raksin, Johnny
Mercer) 2.35
18. Closing Theme (Dave Brubeck) 4.34
Dick Collins (tp) Paul Desmond (as)
William O. Smith (cl) David Van Kriedt
(ts) Bob Collins (brs) Dave Brubeck (p)
Jack Weeks (b) Cal Tjader (drs)
Recorded in San Francisco between
1946 and 1950
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 7
■ Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz At Oberlin
1. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of
You)
(Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey, Harry Link)
3.02
2. Perdido (Juan Tizol, Hans Lengsfelder,
Ervin Drake) 3.01
3. Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell
Parish) 4.35
4. The Way You Look Tonight (Jerome
Kern, Dorothy Fields) 2.53
5. How High the Moon (Nancy Hamilton,
Morgan Lewis) 2.59
Recorded at Oberlin College, Oberlin, on
March 2, 1953
■ Dave Brubeck Quartet feat. Paul
Desmond - Jazz At The Blackhawk
6. Jeepers Creepers (Harry Warren,
Johnny Mercer) 3.16
7. On A Little Street In Singapore (Billy Hill,
Peter DeRose) 3.49
8. Trolley Song (Rehearsal) (Hugh Martin,
Ralph Blane) 3.06
9. The Trolley Song (Hugh Martin, Ralph
Blane) 3.04
10. I May Be Wrong (Harry Ruskin, Henry
Sullivan) 2.21
11. Blue Moon (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz
Hart) 2.53
12. My Heart Stood Still (Richard Rodgers,
Lorenz Hart) 3.26
12. Let's Fall In Love (Harold Arlen, Ted
Koehler) 3.26
Dave Brubeck (p) Paul Desmond (as) Bill
Ruther (b: 8 & 10) Ron Crotty (b: 6, 7, 9,
11-13) Lloyd Davis (drs)
Recorded at the Surf Club, Hollywood,
Sept. 1952 (7 & 10) & Feb. 1953 (11 & 13),
at the Blackhawk, San Francisco, Sept.
1953 (6), at Bill Bates'
home, Los Angeles, Oct. 1953 (8 & 12) and
in San Francisco, late 1953 (9)
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 8
■ Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz Goes To
College
1. Balcony Rock (Dave Brubeck, Paul
Desmond) (University of Michigan) 3.02
2. Out of Nowhere (Johnny Green,
Edward Heyman) (University of
Cincinnati) 3.01
3. Le Souk (Brubeck, Desmond) (Oberlin
College) 4.35
4. Take the 'A' Train (Billy Strayhorn)
(University of Michigan) 2.53
5. The Song Is You (Oscar Hammerstein
II, Jerome Kern) (University of Michigan)
2.59
6. Don't Worry 'bout Me (Rube Bloom,
Ted Koehler) (University of Michigan)
3.16
7. I Want to Be Happy (Irving Caesar,
Vincent Youmans) (University of
Michigan) 3.49
Dave Brubeck (p) Paul Desmond (as)
Bob Bates (b) Joe Dodge (drs)
Track 3 recorded on April 14, 1954 and
track 4 on March 26, 1954; other
recording dates unknown
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 9
■ Dave Brubeck and Jay & Kai - At
Newport
1. In Your Own Sweet Way (Dave
Brubeck) 3.02
2. Two Part Contention (Brubeck) 3.01
3. Take the "A" Train (Billy Strayhorn)
4.35
4. I'm in a Dancing Mood (Al Goodhart,
Al Hoffman, Maurice Sigler) 2.53
Dave Brubeck (p) Paul Desmond (as)
Norman Bates (b) Joe Dodge (drs)
5. Lover, Come Back to Me (Sigmund
Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein II) 2.53
6. True Blue Tromboniums (Kai Winding)
3.16
7. NWPT (J. J. Johnson) 3.49
J. J. Johnson, Kai Winding (tb,
trombonium) Dick Katz (p) Bill Crow (b)
Rudy Collins (drs)
Recorded at Newport Jazz Festival,
Newport, RI, on July 6, 1956
TOTAL TIME 68.37

CD 10
■ The Dave Brubeck Quartet, Guest
Star: Carmen McRae
- Tonight Only
1. Melanctha (Dave Brubeck) 3.02
2. Weep No More (Dave Brubeck, Iola
Brubeck) 3.01
3. Talkin' and Walkin' (Eugene Wright)
4.35
4. Briar Bush (D. Brubeck, I. Brubeck)
2.53
5. Paradiddle Joe (Johnny Morris, Fred
Parries, Jerry Pugsley) 2.59
6. Late Lament (Paul Desmond) 3.16
7. Strange Meadow Lark (D. Brubeck, I.
Brubeck) 3.49
8. Tristesse (D. Brubeck) 3.06
9. Tonight Only (D. Brubeck) 3.04
Carmen McRae (voc) Dave Brubeck (p)
Paul Desmond (as) Gene Wright (b) Joe
Morello (drs)
Recorded on September 9 and
December 14–15, 1960
TOTAL TIME 68.37