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Take Five: The Public and Private Lives of Paul Desmond
Extensive biography of jazz saxophonist Paul Desmond, one of the major jazz figures of all time, written by noted jazz critic Doug Ramsey. Large format (10x11"), hard bound with dust jacket, 372 pages, 190 photos, matte paper; complete with discography of all Desmond recordings.
Unknown Binding, 370 pages
Published July 13th 2005 by Parkside Pub. Corp.
(first published March 2005)
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Ignoring the literally hundreds of formatting errors (typically parenthetical statements not closed, misuse of quotation marks, and incorrect pluralization), this book is a treasure trove of information, with photographs on nearly every page, transcriptions of Desmond solos, a lengthy discography, and interviews with and recollections from the countless people whose lives Desmond touched in his 52 years. By turns the book is hilarious and heartbreaking and everything in between. Anyone with the ...more
Aug 09, 2014 Steve rated it it was amazing
In my opinion, the perfect biography of a musician should include plenty of illustrations, musical scores, interviews with acquaintances, a deep discography, notes, and an index. This volume includes all of these, and was written about one of the most gifted, funny and mysterious jazz musicians. I wanted more when I finished, but I suspect the author has been so thorough in his research that there isn't much more that could be included. Mr. Ramsey: maybe you'd consider writing a similar volume a ...more
Excellent, lavishly illustrated in-depth biography of a great jazz saxophonist. Only kvetch is for Ramsey's penchant for reproducing many of Desmonds letters in toto--and these suckers were long! A bit of overkill, but thankfully he did reporduce Desomnd's only published piece of writing, the hilarious "How Jazz Came to Orange County." That's one that I didn't skin over....