Take 95

Yesterday, November 25 2019, would have marked Paul Desmond's 95th birthday. Unfortunately, his penchant for smoking cigarettes cut his life short in 1977 at the age of 52. Here at Raggy Waltz, everyday is Desmond Day, so I struggled to come up with something special for his birthday this year. I didn't want to merely [...]

Paul Desmond Quartet Featuring Don Elliott // Fantasy 3235

There aren't very many albums that I can listen to nonstop repeatedly day and night for years without needing to shelve it for a while. Even fewer are albums that continue to surprise me with each listen, almost becoming more fresh with each play. This record is one of those rarities. The Music The Tune: [...]

Summertime // Paul Desmond (A&M SP 3015)

Speaking of "Summertime"... The Music The Tune:  "Samba With Some Barbecue" Recorded:  20 November, 1968 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ Personnel: (deep breath...) Paul Desmond-  Alto Sax Paul Faulise, Bill Watrous, and Kai Winding-  Trombone John Eckert, Joe Shepley, and Marvin Stamm-  Trumpet/Flugelhorn Ray Alonge and Tony Miranda-  French Horn Joe Beck-  Guitar [...]

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 [...]

The Playboy Jazz All-Stars // Various Artists (Playboy Records PB #1957)

This is an album I've been looking forward to writing about from the moment I created this blog.  The product of Playboy Magazine's first jazz poll, Hugh Hefner decided to create an album to honor the winners of the poll.  By releasing such a project, Hefner and the folks at Playboy provided a snapshot of [...]

Jazz At Oberlin // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3-11)

No, this is not deja vu.  Well, it is but it isn't.  This may technically be the same album as the one I just wrote about, but there's a two-inch difference that is rather significant.  Does size matter?  To the music! The Music The Tune:  "The Way You Look Tonight" Recorded:  2 March, 1953 at [...]