Desmond’s Quotes- Christmas Edition // Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

After a slate of instances where the various band members made references to Christmas tunes in their solos on non-Christmas songs, here's an instance of the opposite.  On this, the only commercially released recording of the Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Desmond playing a Christmas song, Desmond managed to squeeze something else in there, too.  [...]

The Cal Tjader Trio // Cal Tjader (Fantasy 3-9)

After writing a piece profiling a 10-inch record, my interest in the other 10-inchers in my collection grew.  Those clunky relics of the early 1950's are actually pretty neat.  Especially when they come in crazy colors, like this album! The Music Tune:  "Chopsticks Mambo" Recorded:  November 1951 in California Personnel: Cal Tjader-  Bongos Vince Guaraldi-  [...]

Desmond’s Quotes- Christmas Edition // St. Louis Blues

Rolling along with the festive-themed 'Desmond's Quotes', this post highlights another band member of the Brubeck Quartet making Christmas references in their solo.  This recording is unique in that there are numerous quotes and references flying around, and it's not just Paul Desmond that engages in the shenanigans. The recording that all this merry music-making [...]

Gerry Mulligan Quartet // Gerry Mulligan (Pacific Jazz PJLP-1)

This record marked the fruitful beginning of both Gerry Mulligan's West Coast piano-less sound and the Pacific Jazz Records label.  Both would do much to popularize the laid-back, more academic sound of jazz that blew in from the Coast.  All of that began in 1952 with this album. The Music Tune:  "Walkin' Shoes" Recorded:  15-16 [...]