Desmond’s Quotes – Live From Chicago’s Blue Note 1953

It's high-time for another installment of 'Desmond's Quotes', and this one's a bit unusual.  This post features performances taken from radio broadcasts of the Dave Brubeck Quartet at the Blue Note in Chicago, Illinois.  Recorded in March of 1953, these recordings find the group on fire, Paul Desmond especially so.  Aside from showing his tasty [...]

Brubeck’s Notes – Someday My Prince Will Come

Following up on Mr. Lodge's excellent analysis of Paul Desmond's solo on a live performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come" dating from the 1970's, here's another post with another look at another live performance of "Someday My Prince Will Come". This performance stems from an early 1960's appearance by the Dave Brubeck Quartet at [...]

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.  [...]

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 [...]