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!

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

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