Emily – 1975

Paul Desmond

 

The alto plays beautifully at the 1975 Monterey Jazz Festival

Altoist Paul Desmond (1924-77) sounded like no one else, with a tone lighter than air that perfectly fit his thoughtful solos.

While famous for his extensive work with the Dave Brubeck Quartet (which largely ended in 1967 other than a few later reunions), Desmond also led a fine group during his last years, a quartet with guitarist Ed Bickert, bassist Don Thompson and drummer Jerry Fuller.

He caresses Johnny Mandel’s “Emily” during this performance from the 1975 Monterey Jazz Festival as only he could.

-Scott Yanow

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