Paul Desmond

Article by: P. Mancini

 Paul Desmond was best known for his smooth jazz style when he played his alto saxophone with the Dave Brubeck Quartet in the fifties when the sounds of be-bop were the groove. His most famous work with the quartet was "Take Five" most recognized for the theme to television morning movies all over the country in the sixties and seventies. Some of his other works included sessions with greats like guitarist Jim Hall, Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan. Paul was known as a drinker and a ladies man, a life long bachelor. Some said that type of  lifestyle would be his demise, but it was the 3 packs of smokes a day that did him in shortly after doing a reunion show with Dave Brubeck in 1977, he was 53 years old. His cool style can be heard today in the sounds of new age and smooth jazz.