Amazon.com Widgets

Paul Desmond

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: November 25, 1924 | Died: May 30, 1977    

Paul Desmond

He is revered for the pure, gentle tone of his alto saxophone, and the elegant lyricism of his improvisations. For seventeen years he was the lead soloist in the most commercially successful jazz combo ever, the Dave Brubeck Quartet. In an era that worshipped the frenetic, bebop style of Charlie Parker, Paul Desmond found his own sound, a tone that he claimed imitated a “dry martini.” It was a sound that made him a favourite with critics and fans alike, and won him jazz poll after jazz poll. “I have won several prizes as the world's slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness.” He was a modest, retiring man, known to his friends for his wit and charm. Twenty years after his death from cancer, his music still sells, is still played, and still moves people....
read more

  • BUY

    First Place Again Playboy

    Soul Note
    2012
  • BUY

    Pure Desmond

    CTI Masterworks
    2011
  • BUY

    Autumn Leaves: The Lost Vocal Session

    desert Island
    2007
  • BUY

    Body & Soul

    Soul Note
    2006
  • BUY

    Cool Imagination

    Bluebird
    2003
  • BUY

    Cool Imagination

    Soul Note
    2002
  • BUY

    Falling In Love With Paul Desmond

    Soul Note
    2000
View More Albums

This information is provided by discogs.com or the profile administrator.

Watch More Videos

Featured recording “Pure Desmond”

Latest Release

Pure Desmond

CTI Masterworks (2011)
Rank: 139 Views: 25,513 Fans: 14
Support All About Jazz Through Amazon

Weekly Giveaways

Mort Weiss

Mort Weiss

About | Enter

Rotem Sivan

Rotem Sivan

About | Enter

Michael Carvin

Michael Carvin

About | Enter

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash

About | Enter

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW

Enter it twice.
To the weekly jazz events calendar

Enter the numbers in the graphic
Enter the code in this picture

Log in

One moment, you will be redirected shortly.

A musician was found with a matching name

Name:

Birthday:

Instrument:

Is this you?