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  •  Interesting. (10+ / 0-)

    I always think of Take 5 as pretty much a Paul Desmond triumph, and I kind of still think that, but still very interesting.

    •  They riffed back and forth so much their creative (10+ / 0-)

      forces merged together.  

      Desmond seems to be one of those kind souls who has sufficient self-esteem to be generous.  

      From what I've read researching this article they had somewhat of a tumultuous relationship, which is not unusual among genius musical collaborators. Although, it's interesting I decided it seemed better to leave it out of an obituary on the day the poor fellow died.  

      The means is the ends in the process of becoming. - Mahatma Gandhi

      by HoundDog on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 03:56:27 PM PST

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      •  From what I've read it wasn't (4+ / 0-)

        so much tumultuous as it was Dave being sad that Paul was so self destructive.  A hard drinking and smoking skirt chaser, Paul Desmond was about as opposite of Dave Brubeck as a person as you can get.  But as musicians they were a force together.  On a personal level I have read that Brubeck's kids called Desmond "Uncle Paul", and did not realize he wasn't their father's brother until they were well into their teens.

        Compared to Ed Tracey's mention that the Brubecks celebrated a 70th wedding anniversary (WOW!), when Paul Desmond was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer his reaction was to crow about how strong his liver was after all the years it had been "soaked in Dewars".

        Still, Paul Desmond willed the royalties to "Take Five" to Red Cross when he passed away, and that still generates a lot of money to this day (IIRC somewhere near a half a million dollars each year, but I can't find the reference to that now...maybe it's closer to $100K/year).  I have to believe that gesture was the result of Dave's world view rubbing off on the wild child...

    •  After Desmond's death in 1977 ..... (8+ / 0-)

      ..... the journalist/author Pete Hamill wrote:

      "Paul really isn't dead .... he's just out playing the bad towns".
      Dave and Iola Brubeck celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary this past September.

      "We should pay attention to that man behind the curtain."

      by Ed Tracey on Wed Dec 05, 2012 at 05:45:14 PM PST

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