Alto saxophonist Paul Desmond was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet & his familiar melody on “Take Five” is known by many. Desmond was born Paul Emil Breitenfeld in San Francisco, California in 1924 & joined Brubeck’s group in the 1950’s. Desmond also played on recordings by baritone sax player Gerry Mulligan, guitarists Jim Hall & Ed Bickert, & trumpeter Chet Baker in addition to leading his own group. In 1963, Paul Desmond recorded a melodic follow-up to his famous recording with Brubeck’s group called “Take Ten” released on RCA Victor. Desmond’s personal life was affected by heavy alcohol & cigarette consumption & he was also briefly addicted to amphetamines & cocaine. In poor health, he died of lung cancer in 1977 as a result of his heavy smoking habit. Check out this example of the ‘cool jazz’ scene & have a great weekend from all of us at Puget Sound Media!
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