Paul Desmond

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Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld; November 25, 1924 – May 30, 1977) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for penning that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast's cool jazz scene, and the possessor of a legendary and idiosyncratic wit.

In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several of his own groups and did significant collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall and Chet Baker. After years of chain smoking and general poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 following one last tour with Brubeck.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1962 Two of a Mind Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond 3
1963 Take Ten Paul Desmond 8
1969 Bridge Over Troubled Water Paul Desmond 1
1973 Skylark Paul Desmond 3
1975 Pure Desmond Paul Desmond 3
1976 1975: The Duets Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond 3
1990 Stardust The Dave Brubeck Quartet feat. Paul Desmond 1
1993 Gerry Mulligan Paul Desmond Quartet Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond 1
1995 Bossa Antigua Paul Desmond feat. Jim Hall 3
1995 Easy Living Paul Desmond 3
1995 Take Five The Dave Brubeck Quartet feat. Paul Desmond 1
1996 Desmond Blue Paul Desmond 2
1998 Summertime Paul Desmond 1
2000 Desmond Blue / Take Ten Paul Desmond 1
2000 From the Hot Afternoon Paul Desmond 1
2002 Cool Imagination Paul Desmond 1
2002 Complete Jazz at Storyville Paul Desmond 1
2003 Two of a Mind Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond 2
2005 First Place Again Paul Desmond 2
2009 Blues in Time Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond 1
Glad to Be Unhappy Paul Desmond 2
Late Lament Paul Desmond 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 The Best Of Paul Desmond Compilation Paul Desmond 1
1992 The Paul Desmond Quintet/Quartet Compilation Paul Desmond 1
1992 Polka Dots and Moonbeams Compilation Paul Desmond 1
1992 Together Compilation Chet Baker & Paul Desmond 2
1996 Feeling Blue Compilation Paul Desmond 1
1997 Planet Jazz Compilation Paul Desmond 1
1997 The Complete RCA Victor Recordings Compilation Paul Desmond 1
2000 Lemme Tell Ya 'Bout Desmond Compilation Paul Desmond 1
2000 The Best of the Complete Paul Desmond RCA Victor Recordings featuring Jim Hall Compilation Paul Desmond 1
2002 Desmond Blue Compilation Paul Desmond 1
2003 Alone Together Compilation Paul Desmond 1
2013 Gone With The Wind Compilation Dave Brubeck featuring Paul Desmond 1
Greatest Hits Compilation Paul Desmond 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1981 Paul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet Live Paul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet 2
1992 Like Someone in Love Live Paul Desmond 1
1998 Buried Treasures: Recorded Live in Mexico City Live The Dave Brubeck Quartet feat. Paul Desmond 1

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1990 Easy Living Paul Desmond 1

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