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 [...]

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.   [...]