Benkimoun, Paul. Cinq temps pour Paul Desmond. Paris: Les Autodidactes, 1995, 62 pages.
- Limited edition (300 copies), illustrated by Jacques Loustal, with a translation of the Punch article by Paul Desmond “Orange County, New Jersey”
- Translated and issued as Five for Paul Desmond with the CD “The Ballad of Paul Desmond”, BMG-74321429372, 1996
- Balliett, Whitney. “An Insouciant Sound” from
The New Yorker
- A lovely biographical profile of Desmond’s career and personality.
- , September 16, 1991, pp 86-90
- Batten, Jack. “The Torontoland Bands”
- Contains anecdotes of a Paul Desmond gig at Bourbon Street, Toronto, Canada.
- March 6, 1976, pp 11-13
Batten, Jack. “Playing it Safe”
- A profile of Ed Bickert with references to a Paul Desmond session at Bourbon Street, Toronto, Canada.
- December 31, 1977, pp 8-9
- Crow, Bill.
- Only a few Desmond anecdotes. pp 82-83, 118, 189
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.
- Enstice, Wayne & Rubin, Paul.
Jazz Spoken Here: Conversations with 22 Musicians
- Contains an interview with Dave Brubeck
- . New York: De Capo Press, 1994
- Gerber, Alain.
Paul Desmond et le coté féminin du monde
- According to a French Desmond fan, this book is half biography, half novel, with some chapters written with Desmond as the narrator.
- . Paris: Editions Fayard, 2006, 310 pages
- Gioia, Ted.
The Imperfect Art: Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture
- Pages 86-91 contain a profile of Desmond.
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990 (pb).
West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960
- An indispensible source for info about Desmond & the Dave Brubeck Quartet
- Until Doug Ramsey’s book Take Five came out, West Coast Jazz contained the only reference I’d seen to Desmond’s early and only marriage to an unnamed woman. Ramsey clears up the mystery.
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.
- Goldberg, Joe. “Paul Desmond: The Illustrious Sideman”, from
- A profile of Desmond.
- , October 13, 1962. pp 40-45.
Jazz Masters of the Fifties
- Contains a profile of Desmond that is essentially a reprint of the above.
- . New York: Macmillan, 1965.
- Hall, Fred M.
It’s About Time: The Dave Brubeck Story
- An authorized biography of Dave Brubeck with frequent refernces to Paul Desmond.
- Includes an introduction by Gene Lees and a discography.
- . Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996.
- Hentoff, Nat. “The Solitary Floating Jazzman” from
The Village Voice
- A tribute shortly after Desmond’s death by one of North America’s main jazz critics.
Includes a smiling photo of Desmond with a cigarette in his mouth. (He died of lung cancer.)
- , Vol. XXII, No. 34, August 22, 1977, pp 35-36.
Listen to the Stories
- . New York: HarperCollins, 1995.
- Contains a reprint of “The Solitary Floating Jazzman” as above.
- Horricks, Raymond.
- References to the two Desmond/Mulligan albums Blues in Time and Two of a Mind
- . London: Apollo Press, 1986.
- Klinkowitz, Jerome.
Listen: Gerry Mulligan, an Aural Narrative in Jazz
- Contains lots of references to Desmond
- . New York: Schirmer Books (Macmillan), 1991.
- Lees, Gene.
Meet Me at Jim & Andy’s
- Contains a chapter entitled “The Bachelor: Paul Desmond”
- A very warm personal reminiscence.
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.
Jazz, Black and White
- Contains a chapter entitled “The Man on the Buffalo Nickel: Dave Brubeck” with lots of Desmond stories especially pages 49-57.
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.
- McPartland, Marian.
All in Good Time
- Contains a chapter entitled “Perils of Paul: A Portrait of Desperate Desmond” that was originally published in a slightly different form in down beat, September 15, 1960.
- Also includes a photo of Desmond with Dave Brubeck, p54
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987.
- Ramsey, Doug.
- Contains a chapter entitled “The Dave Brubeck Quartet” which includes several pieces Ramsey had written over the years:
- “Take Five with Paul Desmond Or an Intermission Spent at Wit’s End, 1962”
- “Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion, 1976”
- “Remembering Desmond, 1977” which was originally published in Radio Free Jazz, September, 1977
- . Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1989.
Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond
- The definitive biography of Desmond including nearly 200 photos, letters, drawings, solo transcriptions with analysis, and a discography.
- Includes interview material from Desmond’s unknown wife.
- Winner of the Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) 2006 Jazz Award for Best Book About Jazz
- Winner of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections 2006 Award for Best (History) Research in Recorded Jazz Music
- Honoured by the 2006 ASCAP Deems Taylor Awards
- Seattle WA: Parkside Publications, 2005.
- Rice, Robert. “The Cleanup Man” from
The New Yorker
- This is a profile of Brubeck, and contains an excellent early history of the Quartet & Desmond’s role in it.
- , June 3, 1961, pp 41-89.
- Shapiro, Nat & Hentoff, Nat.
Hear Me Talkin’ To Ya: The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It.
- Originally published in 1955 by Rhinehart and Company.
- Contains a couple of short quotes from Desmond. pp 392-394.
- New York: Dover Publications, 1966.
- Smith, Arnold Jay. “A Quarter Century Young: The Dave Brubeck Quartet” from
- Interviews with Desmond, Brubeck, Eugene Wright & Joe Morello
- , March 25, 1976, pp 18-20, 45-46.
- Ullman, Michael. In
- On their “Jazz Page” Ullman defends Desmond’s often lack of serious attention by the critics of his day.
- , July/August, 1997
- Williams, Martin.
Jazz Masters in Transition, 1957-69
- Contains a chapter entitled “Mulligan and Desmond at Work” which was originally published in Evergreen Review 28, Jan-Feb, 1963.
- Describes the recording session for the 1962 Desmond/Mulligan album Two of a Mind
- Also includes a short piece entitled “Brubeck in Eurasia” which was originally published in down beat, Feb 5, 1959
- . London: MacMillan, 1970
- Williams, Martin.
- . Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.
- Contains the same chapter on Desmond and Mulligan as above.