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Paul Desmond

The celebrated saxophone voice of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond was a star in his own right. Geoffrey Smith picks some of his finest moments both with Brubeck and his own bands.

First broadcast in December 2013.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Dave Brubeck


    Performer: Dave Brubeck, p; Paul Desmond, as; Bob Batesm b; Joe Dodge, d. 14 April 1954.

    Composer: Brubeck, Desmond

    • The Essential Dave Brubeck.
    • Columbia /Legacy.
    • 510594 2. D1, Tr. 5 (3.32).
  • Dave Brubeck

    History of a Boy Scout

    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Dave Brubeck, p; Norman Bates, b; Joe Morello, d. 16 November 1956.

    Composer: Brubeck

    • Three Classic Albums Plus.
    • Avid.
    • AMSC 998. D2, Tr.11 (4.33).
  • Dave Brubeck

    Southern Scene

    Performer: Dave Brubeck, p; Paul Desmond, as; Eugene Wright, b; Joe Morello, d. 11 September 1959.

    Composer: Brubeck

    • Third Set.
    • Avid.
    • AMSC 1002. D1, Tr. 16 (5.41).
  • Dave Brubeck


    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Dave Brubeck, p; Gene Wright, b; Joe Morello, d. 5 March 1958.

    Composer: Mercer, Schertzinger

    • The Essential Dave Brubeck.
    • Columbia/Legacy.
    • 510534 2. D1, Tr. 10 (10.16).
  • Paul Desmond

    A Line for Lyons

    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Gerry Mulligan, bs; Joe Benjamin, b; Dave Bailey, d. August 1957.

    Composer: Mulligan

    • Blues in Time.
    • Not Now Music.
    • NOT2CD462. D2, Tr. 4 (3.05).
  • Paul Desmond

    2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West

    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Jim Hall, g; Percy Heath, b; Connie Kay, d. 1959.

    Composer: Lewis

    • Three Classic Albums Plus.
    • Avid.
    • SC 1033. D2, Tr. 8 (7.24).
  • Paul Desmond

    Struttin' with Some Barbecue

    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Herbie Hancock, p; Paul Faulise, Urbie Green, J.J. Johnson, Bill Watrous, Kai Winding, tb; Burt Collings, Joe Shepley, Marvin Stamm, t;. Performer: Ray Alonge, Jimmy Buffington, fr-h; Jay Berliner, g; Jack Jennings, Airto Moreira, perc; Mike Mainieri, vib; Ron Carter, b; Leo Morris, d. Don Sebesky, arr 10 October 1968.


    • Summertime.
    • A&M.
    • AMLS 946. S1/1 (4.28).
  • Paul Desmond

    Warm Valley

    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Ed Bickert, g; Ron Carter, b; Connie Kay, d September 1974.

    Composer: Ellington

    • Pure Desmond.
    • Columbia.
    • ZK64767 (1); Tr. 6 (4.26).
  • Chet Baker and Paul Desmond

    I'm Getting Sentimental Over You*/You've Changed**

    Performer: Paul Desmond, as; Chet Baker, t; Kenny Barron, ep; Ron Carter, b; Tony Williams, d. February 1977.

    Composer: Bassman, Washington* / Fischer, Carey**

    • Together.
    • Epic.
    • 472984 2 Tr.5 (6.00).