Audrey- A Musical Appreciation

One of the most famous tunes Paul Desmond 'wrote' was a song named 'Audrey'.  Paul had a big crush on Audrey Hepburn, and at a recording session in 1954, he and the Brubeck Quartet improvised a minor blues with her in mind.  In the ensuing years, the Dave Brubeck Quartet would occasionally return to the [...]

For All We Know – Desmond’s Quotes and Brubeck’s Notes

This edition of 'Desmond's Quotes' is special for a couple of reasons.  First of all, it kicks off a new series entitled 'Brubeck's Notes', which sets out to spotlight performances where Dave Brubeck weaves his own quotative magic.  Second of all, this post highlights one of Brubeck's most inspired moments ever captured on tape.   [...]

All Night Session Vol. 1 // Hampton Hawes (Contemporary C3545)

The Music Hampton Hawes, a fellow Californian, may be closely tied to West Coast jazz, but there's nothing cool or relaxed about his playing.  Especially on this series of records, his playing sounds more like a horn, spitting out line after line of percussive piano.  Only the easy swing and the presence of Jim Hall's [...]

Max Roach Plus Four // Max Roach (Mercury/EmArcy MG 36098)

The Music Tune:  Mr. X Recorded:  17 September, 1956 in New York City Personnel: Sonny Rollins:  Tenor Sax Kenny Dorham:  Trumpet Ray Bryant:  Piano George Morrow:  Bass Max Roach:  Drums As the liner notes say, this was the first recording Max Roach made after the tragic car crash that killed his star trumpeter Clifford Brown [...]