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 [...]

Jazz At Oberlin // Dave Brubeck (Fantasy 3245)

Due to recent events, I decided to switch gears a bit and delve into another form of live jazz:  Jazz with a learned twist.  And if you want to talk about jazz at college, there's no better place to start than the granddaddy of all college jazz albums.The Music The Tune:  "Perdido" Recorded:  2 March, [...]