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 Post subject: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 6:34 pm 
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everyone knows Take Five but few have heard much beyond that... i think Brubeck and Desmond deserve more exposure!


Fujiyama



Bluette


btw Zoot Sims has a cool track called Blinuet! worth czechin' out


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:46 pm 
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One of my faves........Blue Rondo A La Turk




I think one of us should make a new list:All genre Bands That Wear Suits


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Sat Apr 30, 2011 10:44 pm 
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:lol: i'll leave that up to you

i'm really enjoying brubeck's early trio with cal tjader and ron crotty... and the late 40s octet he was in is one of the most challenging and excellent third stream jazz achievements ever imo... unfortnately i have trouble finding any of their albums, just random tracks here and there :-/


arnold schoenberg meets jazz in a cute little tribute to duke ellington (btw brubeck actually studied with schoenberg for a little while!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yFO56Wnr3gw


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:41 pm 
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i'm convinced that listening to paul desmond's sax playing is one of life's greatest pleasures



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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2011 1:23 am 
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bickert + desmond = bliss



bickert does it all here - genius comping as always, plays a gorgeous bluesy little solo, and adds some artificial harmonics which i don't think i'd heard him do before!


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
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too good...


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:27 am 
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paul desmond's legendary wit...

Quote:
I have won several prizes as the world's slowest alto player, as well as a special award in 1961 for quietness.


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You can tell which one is me because when I'm not playing, which is surprisingly often, I'm leaning against the piano.


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Jim Hall ... a beautiful musician - the favorite guitar picker of many people who agree on little else in music, and he goes to his left very well. He's... hilariously easy to work with, except he complains once in a while when I lean on the guitar.
:lol:

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I tried practicing for a few weeks and ended up playing too fast.


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I was unfashionable before anyone knew who I was.


When asked by Gene Lees what accounted for the melancholy in his playing he Paul Desmond wrote:
"Wellllll... that I'm not playing better."


On the secret of his tone, Paul Desmond wrote:
I honestly don't know! It has something to do with the fact that I play illegally.


He was an English major in college. His reason for not pursuing a literary career, "I could only write at the beach, and I kept getting sand in my typewriter."

on seeing his (ex?) girlfriend out with another guy, Paul Desmond wrote:
This is the way the world ends, not with a whim but a banker.
(will make sense for those who've read t.s. eliot)

Of contact lenses, Paul Desmond wrote:
Not for me. If I want to tune everybody out, I just take off my glasses and enjoy the haze


"How Many Of You Are There In Your Quartet?" - prospective title for his unpublished memoir (apparently stewardesses used to ask this question all the time)

On Ornette Coleman's playing wrote:
It's like living in a house where everything's painted red.
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Doug Ramsey wrote that Desmond on seeing Barbara Jones' oil painting of four cats stalking a mouse said, "Ah, the perfect album cover for when I record with the Modern Jazz Quartet." Ramsey pointed out that the mouse was mechanical and Desmond responded, "In that case, Cannonball will have to make the record."
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Desmond's fondness for scotch was well known. So in early 1976 when a physical examination showed lung cancer, he was ironically pleased that his liver was fine. "Pristine, perfect. One of the great livers of our time. Awash in Dewars and full of health."
:lol: :lol: :lol: ......:cry:


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:34 am 
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i wish he wrote more... this stuff is just golden
http://www.jerryjazzmusician.com/linern ... smond.html


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:38 am 
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these men are geniuses, probably my 2 fave jazz musicians.

tried to list my favourite songs by the quartet:

blue shadows in the street
autumn in washington square
forty days
iberia
the city is crying
bluette
fujiyama
take five
cassandra
far more blue
sixth sense
blue rondo a la turk
the golden horn
unsquare dance
calcutta blues
lonely mr broadway

ill stop here, could go on for ever..


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
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George wrote:
paul desmond's legendary wit...
:lol: they were awesome


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:42 am 
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George wrote:
bickert + desmond = bliss
absolutely. the paul desmond quartet live album (featuring bickert) is as good as anything by the quartet imo


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Tue Jun 28, 2011 9:49 am 
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ranking of the time/impressions albums from the classic quartet by nothing other than personal preference:
time further out
jazz impressions of new york
time in
jazz impressions of japan
jazz impressions of eurasia
time out
time changes
time out of space
jazz impressions of the usa


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5L5zGfNl ... re=related

the best version there is


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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Sat Jul 02, 2011 5:34 pm 
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Doug Ramsey wrote that Desmond on seeing Barbara Jones' oil painting of four cats stalking a mouse said, "Ah, the perfect album cover for when I record with the Modern Jazz Quartet." Ramsey pointed out that the mouse was mechanical and Desmond responded, "In that case, Cannonball will have to make the record."







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 Post subject: Re: Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:23 pm 
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I really need to pick up more Brubeck stuff, currently I only have Time Out, Time Further Out, At Carnegie Hall, and Dave Digs Disney.

Bossa Nova U.S.A. is one of the coolest jazz pieces I've ever heard. Did Brubeck write this?


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