Lost Treasures: Paul Desmond – “Take Ten”


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!

Did YOU enjoy this post?

Click on a star to rate it!

We are sorry that this post was not useful for you!

Let us improve this post!

Tell us how we can improve this post?

Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *