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Paul Desmond

Paul Desmond was 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.

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Albums

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First Place Again...
Soul Note
2012
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Pure Desmond
Pure Desmond
CTI Masterworks
2011
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Autumn Leaves: The Lost Vocal Session
Autumn Leaves: The...
desert Island
2007
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Body & Soul
Soul Note
2006
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Cool Imagination
Cool Imagination
Bluebird
2003
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[no cover]
Cool Imagination
Soul Note
2002
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Videos

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