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Seller : variaworld. Seller : moremusicuk. Desmond played two extended runs at Bourbon Street in , the first from March and the second from October Don Thompson recorded all of the sets of these two engagements from his place on the bandstand. The unissued recordings on the Mosaic set significantly expand our knowledge of the Desmond Quartet repertoire. Indeed, the tracks from March 25, 26 and 28 includes several tunes which appear only once in the entire collection.
The rhythm section sets up a swinging groove from the outset. Desmond takes his time to get comfortable with the form and changes, but once he does, he takes charge with punchy ideas and rhythmic vigor. Bickert matches the leader with a solo overflowing with brilliant ideas.
The closing theme is marked by a well-modulated coda. While all of this unreleased music is most welcome, the issue of these two tracks are worth the total price of the set. The tempo is medium-fast and almost on the verge of rushing, but Fuller and Thompson hold the pulse steady. Desmond was in superb form that night and he is so inspired by the swinging background that he blows a little harder into his saxophone, which takes a little of the polish off his pristine tone.
Near the end of his solo, he backs off a little to preserve his famous sound. Fuller sets it up as a shuffle, and again the rhythm inspires the group, with Desmond taking a long risk-taking solo, and Bickert digging into the enticing groove. Desmond spins out beautiful long improvised lines as only he could, and Bickert gets the mellowest sound ever emitted from a Fender solid-body Telecaster. Most of the previously issued recordings of Desmond and the Canadian group come from the October Bourbon Street engagement.
Neither of these problems appear on the LP, making the original vinyl the preferred edition. The Horizon album is marked by great consistency between the tracks. At least half of the tracks are ballads, played in the medium tempo the saxophonist preferred. Bickert and Thompson insert a few quotes in their solos, but the emphasis is on quiet, concentrated, original playing.
Fuller is extremely subdued on the Horizon album. That was not always the case, even on other recordings from this engagement. Metal General. Dark Metal. Grind Core. Hard Core. Hard Rock. Hard Rock French. Neo Metal. Stoner Rock. Metal Fusion. Rock n Roll. Elvis Presley. The Beatles. The Rolling Stones. Pop general. Current Pop. Pop 90s. Pop 80s. French Pop. French Rock. Johnny Hallyday.
Traditional Music. Pays Basque. Others French. European Grooves. Other Countries. Soul 80s. Italo Disco. Acid jazz. Groove Revival. Jazz Classic. Cool Jazz. Modern Jazz. Jazz fusion. Desmond had a celebrated studio partnership with guitarist Jim Hall. Hall played on several albums recorded by Desmond between and for the Warner Bros. With his special brand of humor, Desmond said that he took the job only because he was nearby and could tumble out of bed to work.
The two continued to play at the club to jam-packed audiences. Desmond was a guest artist on five tracks by Chet Baker recorded between Baker and Desmond also appeared together on two tracks included on Jim Hall's Concierto album. Desmond met Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert through a recommendation by Jim Hall, and Desmond performed with Bickert at several clubs in the Toronto area during Desmond featured Bickert on his studio album Pure Desmond , and the two played together at the Edmonton Jazz Festival.
Live recordings of that concert and club dates with Bickert performed during were released during and after Desmond's lifetime. In their private lives Dave Brubeck and his family were very close to Paul Desmond, though the two men possessed very different personalities. Darius Brubeck recalls thinking that Desmond was his uncle almost into adolescence. Desmond grew especially close to Dave's son Michael, to whom he left his saxophone upon death.
Desmond was also described as a womanizer who was unable to form and was uninterested in maintaining steady relationships with women, though he had no shortage of female companions throughout his life. In contrast, Brubeck was deeply religious and a stalwart family man. Paul Desmond . He was known to have several addictions, including Dewar's Scotch whisky and Pall Mall cigarettes.
In the s and s, Desmond frequently took amphetamines , and in the s, he was known to use cocaine. Clarinetist Perry Robinson recalls in his autobiography that Desmond would sometimes need a vitamin B12 shot just to go on playing during his later career.
Desmond died on May 30, , not of his heavy alcohol habit but of lung cancer, the result of his longtime heavy smoking. Never without his humor, after he was diagnosed with cancer he expressed pleasure at the health of his liver. His fans did not know that he was already dying. Desmond specified in his will that all proceeds from "Take Five" would go to the Red Cross following his death. After this long and expensive process, Desmond willed the piano to Cunningham, a characteristic and final prank.
Desmond produced a light, melodic tone on the alto saxophone, trying to sound, he said, "like a dry martini.
Much of the success of the classic Brubeck quartet was due to the juxtaposition of his airy style over Brubeck's sometimes relatively heavy, polytonal piano work. His rare gift for improvised counterpoint is perhaps most evident on the two albums he recorded with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan Mulligan-Desmond Quartet and Two of a Mind. Desmond's playing was also notable for his ability to produce extremely high notes, the altissimo register, on his saxophone.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American recording artist; jazz musician. Main article: The Dave Brubeck Quartet. Some people called him the stork—'Cause he would stand on one leg and leaned on the piano. But that What used to scare me is I'd look at him and it would just be whites in his eyes, wouldn't be any eyeballs. Playing with Desmond and Mulligan was really mind-blowing because they were such heroes for me.Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld, November 25, – May 30, ) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's biggest hit, "Take Five".He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene.. In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated.