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Paul Desmond

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Paul Desmond

Biography

Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld, 25 November 1924, San Francisco, Calif. – 30 May 1977, New York, N.Y.) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer.

Desmond best known for his work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's biggest hit, Take Five. He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the cool jazz scene.

In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several groups and collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, and Ed Bickert.


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