Paul Desmond is known principally for playing alto sax with Dave Brubeck’s Quartet from 1951-67, but some of his best work was done in a quartet he fronted with Jim Hall on guitar. They recorded 50 tunes from 1959 to 1965 including classics like “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “East of the Sun”, and “Take Ten”. The latter explores the rhythm of Desmond’s gigantic 1959 hit “Take Five” which the DBQ recorded. Desmond also recorded two albums with Gerry Mulligan, and three with Chet Baker. In his last years he led his so-called “Canadian Quartet” with Ed Bickert on guitar, Don Thompson on bass, and Jerry Fuller on drums.Enjoy.

At the time, I thought it was kind of a throwaway. I was ready to trade in the entire rights of “Take Five” for a used Ronson electric razor. ~ Paul Desmond