Jazz At Storyville // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3240)

After spending time in the jazz capital of the world (New York City), it's time to explore some other jazz clubs.  But before we leave the East Coast, there's another spot that is worth checking out.  We're headed to Massachusetts.  The city?  Boston.  The club?  Storyville.  It's another exploration in 'Nightclub Jazz', the sub-genre of [...]

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 [...]

The Last Time We Saw Paris // Dave Brubeck (Columbia CS 9672)

On this day fifty years ago (well, it was the 13th when I wrote this), the Dave Brubeck Quartet played their last European concert.  Luckily, the music made that night was recorded and pressed onto wax. The Music Tune:  "These Foolish Things" Recorded:  13 November, 1967 in Paris, France Personnel: Paul Desmond-  Alto Sax Dave [...]

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 [...]