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Paul Desmond

as, sax, 1924-1977 US, San Francisco
Musician / Composer of Jazz
A.k.a. Paul Emil Breitenfeld

American jazz alto saxophonist and composer. Born : November 25, 1924 in San Francisco, California. Died : May 30, 1977 in New York City, New York. Played with the Dave Brubeck Quartet from 1951 until 1967. Also collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Ed Bickert. Born with the name Paul Emil Breitenfeld. He changed it because he felt it wasn't suited for the name of a musician. He died in 1977 of lung cancer.

        
Instruments
  • Alto sax
  • Saxophone
  • Flute
Genres
  • Jazz
  • Pop
  • Blues
Popular Tracks   
A Taste of Honey - Live on Greatest Hits Series--Paul Desmond by Paul Desmond
Emily on Summertime by Paul Desmond
Bossa Antigua on Bossa Antigua by Paul Desmond
A Taste of Honey on Glad To Be Unhappy by Paul Desmond
Mrs. Robinson on Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Desmond
Take Ten on Take Ten by Paul Desmond
Stardust on Two Of A Mind by Paul Desmond
The Way You Look Tonight on Two Of A Mind by Paul Desmond
Autumn Leaves on The Best Of Paul Desmond by Paul Desmond
O Gato on Bossa Antigua by Paul Desmond

Track list and 30sec audio provided by


Band Members
Discography



Title Artist Year Type
The Complete Albums Collection 1953-1963Paul Desmond2018Compil.
Glad To Be UnhappyPaul Desmond2017Compil.
The Complete Storyville BroadcastsThe Dave Brubeck Quartet With Paul Desmond2014Compil.
Blues In TimePaul Desmond2012Compil.
The Complete Rca Albums CollectionPaul Desmond2011Compil.
1960 Essen, GrugahalleThe Dave Brubeck Quartet With Paul Desmond, Eugene Wright & Joe Morello2010Album
The Complete 1972 Berlin ConcertGerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, The Dave Brubeck Trio2009Compil.
On The Radio: Live In 1956-57The Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond2008Compil.
In Your Own Sweet WayThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond2007Album
Paul Desmond Jim Hall Quartet - Complete RecordingsPaul Desmond, Jim Hall2007Compil.
100 Ans De JazzPaul Desmond2007Compil.
Body & SoulPaul Desmond2006Compil.
Tea For TwoPaul Desmond & Dave Brubeck2005Compil.
Brubeck DesmondThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond2005Compil.
Take Five The Best Of Cool SaxophonePaul Desmond2004Compil.
Alone TogetherPaul Desmond2003Compil.
Complete Oberlin & College Of The Pacific ConcertsPaul Desmond2003Compil.
Mp3 CollectionPaul Desmond2002Compil.
Cool ImaginationPaul Desmond2002Compil.
Complete Jazz At StoryvillePaul Desmond2002Compil.
Jazz At The College Of The PacificThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond2001Album
Two Of A Mind & Glad To Be UnhappyPaul Desmond2000Compil.
Desmond Blue & Take TenPaul Desmond2000Compil.
Lemme Tell Ya 'Bout Desmond: The Music Of Paul DesmondPaul Desmond2000Compil.
The Best Of The Complete Paul Desmond RCA Victor RecordingsPaul Desmond2000Compil.
Falling In Love With Paul DesmondPaul Desmond2000Compil.
Jazz GreatsPaul Desmond1998Compil.
The Complete RCA Victor RecordingsPaul Desmond Featuring Jim Hall1997Compil.
Planet JazzPaul Desmond1997Compil.
The Ballad Of Paul DesmondPaul Desmond1997Compil.
Feeling BluePaul Desmond1996Compil.
All Across The CityPaul Desmond featuring Jim Hall1995Album
Take FiveDave Brubeck And Paul Desmond1995Album
Verve Jazz No. 6Gerry Mulligan With Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond & Johnny Hodges1994Compil.
TogetherChet Baker & Paul Desmond1992Compil.
JazzFest MastersGerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond, Al Belletto1992Album
Polka Dots And MoonbeamsPaul Desmond1992Compil.
Live In 1956-57The Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1991Album
Take FiveDave Brubeck e Paul Desmond1991Compil.
The Canadian Concert Of Dave BrubeckThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1990Album
Take Five LiveThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1990Album
St. Louis BluesDave Brubeck Featuring Paul Desmond1990Album
The Best Of Paul DesmondPaul Desmond1990Compil.
Dave Brubeck/Paul DesmondDave Brubeck & Paul Desmond1990Compil.
StardustThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1990Compil.
My Funny ValentineChet Baker, Art Pepper, Paul Desmond, Al Cohn, Bud Shank1989Compil.
"First Place Again" PlayboyPaul Desmond1989Album
A&M Gold SeriesPaul Desmond1988Compil.
Meets The Sax Giants Volume 2Gerry Mulligan, Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, Johnny Hodges1988Compil.
Classics In JazzHubert Laws, Eumir Deodato, George Benson, Jackie & Roy, Paul Desmond, Jim Hall1988Compil.
Late LamentPaul Desmond1987Album
In ConcertThe Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond1986Album
Greatest HitsPaul Desmond1986Compil.
In ConcertThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1986Compil.
Dave Brubeck And Paul DesmondDave Brubeck And Paul Desmond1984Compil.
Trolley Song (Rehearsal) / StardustDave Brubeck, Paul Desmond / The Dave Brubeck Quartet1984Single
StardustThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1983Compil.
The Only Recorded Performance Of Paul Desmond With The Modern Jazz QuartetPaul Desmond With The Modern Jazz Quartet1981Album
The Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul DesmondPaul Desmond With The Dave Brubeck Quartet1981Single
Paul DesmondPaul Desmond1981Album
I Giganti Del Jazz Vol. 40Dave Brubeck / Paul Desmond / Joe Morello / Eugene Wright1981Compil.
Masters Of Jazz Vol. 13Paul Desmond1979Compil.
Paul DesmondPaul Desmond1978Compil.
Paul DesmondPaul Desmond1978Album
Blue Dove / Balconey RockDave Brubeck and Paul Desmond1975Single
Pure DesmondPaul Desmond1975Album
1975: The DuetsDave Brubeck & Paul Desmond1975Album
SkylarkPaul Desmond1974Album
Samba De OrfeuPaul Desmond1973Compil.
El Condor Pasa / Bridge Over Troubled WaterPaul Desmond1971Single
Bridge Over Troubled WaterPaul Desmond1970Album
Crystal IllusionsPaul Desmond1970Compil.
SummertimePaul Desmond1969Album
Lady In Cement (Main Title)Paul Desmond1969Single
From The Hot AfternoonPaul Desmond1969Album
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-DaPaul Desmond1969Single
At The Black Hawk In San FranciscoDave Brubeck Featuring Paul Desmond1969Album
Paul DesmondPaul Desmond1967Compil.
Gerry Mulligan Meets Paul Desmond And Johnny HodgesGerry Mulligan Meets Paul Desmond And Johnny Hodges1966Compil.
Easy LivingPaul Desmond1966Album
Bossa AntiguaPaul Desmond Featuring Jim Hall1965Album
Musique Très DoucePaul Desmond1965Single
Glad To Be UnhappyPaul Desmond1965Album
Angel EyesThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond / The George Nielsen Quartet1964Album
Take Ten / EmbarcaderoPaul Desmond1963Single
Two Of A MindPaul Desmond / Gerry Mulligan1963Single
Take TenPaul Desmond1963Album
Two Of A MindPaul Desmond, Gerry Mulligan1962Album
The Trolley Song / Crazy ChrisThe Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond1962Single
Desmond Blue / Advise And ConsentPaul Desmond1962Single
The Trolley Song / Crazy ChrisThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1962Single
First Place AgainPaul Desmond1961Single
Poll Winners JazzPaul Desmond / Dave Brubeck / Joe Morello1960Single
Dave Brubeck QuartetThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1960Single
"First Place Again" PlayboyPaul Desmond1960Album
Jazz At StoryvilleDave Brubeck, Paul Desmond1959Single
The Gerry Mulligan Paul Desmond Quartet Vol. 1Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond1958Single
The Gerry Mulligan Paul Desmond Quartet Vol. 2Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond1958Single
The Gerry Mulligan Paul Desmond Quartet Vol. 2Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond1958Single
At Wilshire-EbellDave Brubeck & Paul Desmond1957Album
The Original Gerry Mulligan - Chet Baker Quartet 1952/53 Paul DesmondGerry Mulligan, Chet Baker Quartet Paul Desmond1957Compil.
Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan With Ben Webster, Stan Getz, Paul Desmond & Johnny Hodges1957Compil.
Brubeck DesmondThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1956Compil.
Gerry Mulligan / Paul DesmondGerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan Quartet Featuring Chet Baker, Chico Hamilton Also Paul Desmond, Barney Kessel, Dave Van Kriedt1956Compil.
Jazz At The BlackhawkThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1956Single
Jazz At The BlackhawkThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1956Album
Paul and Dave - Jazz InterwovenPaul Desmond And Dave Brubeck1955Album
Sometimes I'm HappyThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1955Single
Jazz At The College Of The PacificThe Dave Brubeck Quartet Featuring Paul Desmond1954Album
Moods & GroovesDave Brubeck & Paul DesmondAlbum
Blues Intime / Body And SoulGerry Mulligan with Paul DesmondSingle
Jazz At OberlinThe Dave Brubeck Quartet ,Featuring Paul DesmondSingle
Sweet Paul - Vol.1Paul DesmondAlbum
Moods & GroovesDave Brubeck & Paul DesmondCompil.
Fall Out - StandstillGerry Mulligan, Paul DesmondSingle
Line For Lyons - Battle Hymn For The Republican - WintersongGerry Mulligan With Paul DesmondSingle
The GreatsDave Brubeck, Paul Desmond, Bobby Correll, Frank Blake & Bob KindleAlbum
George Benson - Herbie Mann - Nat Adderley - K. Winding - J.J. Johnson - Wes Montgomery - Quincy Jones - Paul DesmondGeorge Benson - Herbie Mann - Nat Adderley, Kai Winding & J.J. Johnson - Wes Montgomery - Quincy Jones - Paul DesmondCompil.
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