Long-lost Blue Note Album 1553 To Be Released

Regular readers of my blog know that while I'm a jazz record collector as well as a jazz fan in general, I'm a huge Paul Desmond/Dave Brubeck fan.  HUGE.  This passion for their music has resulted in me scouring the internet for rare music, photos, information, anything pertaining to Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck.  I've [...]

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 [...]

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.   [...]