Dry Martini

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Page added May 12, 2017 Updated May 19, 2017

On this epiosde, we're revisiting a memorable live album from the great Paul Desmond, and a rendition of his most famous composition: 'Take Five.'

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Once described as having a sound like a dry martini, Paul Desmond is heard live in Toronto from alive album recorded 1975 with his quartet - featuring Ed Bickert on guitar, Don Thompson on bass and Jerry Fuller on drums.

There's also some music from Benny Goodman - captured in the late 40s flirting with bebop alongside his small ensemble. Plus, hear Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins and others from the JATP with their 1958 soundtrack recording for the French film 'Les Tricheurs.'

Presented by Mal Stanley
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May 13, 2017. 5:00pm - 6:55pm
May 16, 2017. 2:00pm - 3:55pm
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Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld; November 25, 1924 - May 30, 1977) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast's cool jazz scene. In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several of his own...

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