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Jazz saxophone legend Paul Desmond, 1976: CBC Archives
Paul Desmond - Emily
The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five (live 1961)
1 Squeeze Me  
2 I'm Old Fashioned  
3 Nuages  
4 Why Shouldn't I?  
5 Everything I Love  
6 Warm Valley  
7 Till the Clouds Roll By  
8 Mean to Me  
9 Theme from M*A*S*H  
10 Wave  
11 Nuages (Alt. Take)  
12 Just Squeeze Me (Alt. Take)  
13 Till the Clouds Roll By (Alt. Take)  
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With a dry tone, and unhurried phrasing definitive of the emergent West Coast Cool-a relaxed alternative to the edgier hard bop coming from New York-alto saxophonist Paul Desmond had already made a name for himself with pianist Dave Brubeck's quartet on the legendary Time Out (Columbia, 1959). Desmond also wrote the tune that became Brubeck's signature, "Take Five," and, while he passed away too young at the age of 52 from lung cancer, he's left behind a relatively small but significant legacy of recordings that have sometimes become overlooked with the passing of time.

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