Happy Birthday, Paul Desmond!

@TheHorse (170498)
Walnut Creek, California
November 26, 2022 12:00am CST
As many Americans know, it was Paul Desmond who wrote "Take Five," the biggest hit from Dave Brubeck's 1959 jazz album, "Time Out." 1959 was also the year of the release of Miles Davis's classic jazz album, "Kind of Blue." I believe Kind of Blue to be the best selling jazz album of all time, with Time Out not that far behind. Had I not been listening to my favorite NPR station this evening, I might have missed the fact that today was Paul Desmond's birthday. I'll bet many of you missed that fact as well, with the possible exception of @FourWalls. Paul Desmond was Brubeck's sax player and friend. But the two had a sometimes difficult relationship. You can read about it if you so choose. I'll just provide a link to Take Five. Happy Birthday, Paul Desmond, one of my jazz idols! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tT9Eh8wNMkw
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@FourWalls (50920)
• United States
26 Nov
I was more interested in November 25 being another saxophonist’s birthday…John Larroquette. He gave saxophone up after high school and focused on acting, which turned out to be a good idea!
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• United States
26 Nov
You mean Dan?
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• United States
26 Nov
@FourWalls I couldnt believe it. Lol.
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@FourWalls (50920)
• United States
26 Nov
@popciclecold — the one and only! Larroquette played sax as a youngster.
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@LindaOHio (115018)
• United States
26 Nov
I'm not a big jazz fan; but I LOVE Take Five. Happy Birthday to Paul Desmond.
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@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov
I remember it being popular even among non-jazz fans.
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@popciclecold (31109)
• United States
26 Nov
I remember that song Take Five, it was real popular.
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• United States
26 Nov
@TheHorse A really cool Jam. Everybody liked it.
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@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
4 Dec
@popciclecold Yep. They wanted to mess with "typical" rhythms.
@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov
I remember hearing it on the radio before I ever got into jazz.
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@jstory07 (125828)
• Roseburg, Oregon
26 Nov
Happy Birthday to Paul Desmond.
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@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov
One of my all-time favorite jazz musicians.
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@JudyEv (300691)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 Nov
This is such a classic. The video isn't available for me for some reason but I know the tune well.
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@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov
It's a real classic.
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• Southend-On-Sea, England
26 Nov
Happy Birthday to Paul Desmond.
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@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
26 Nov
I really enjoy his playing.
@RasmaSandra (61510)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Nov
I have not heard this and am not really into jazz but I like the rhythm
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@TheHorse (170498)
• Walnut Creek, California
27 Nov
5/4 time was quite unusual at the time.
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