DESMOND, PAUL (1924-1977)
American jazz alto saxophonist, composer and proponent of cool jazz. He was a member of the Dave Brubeck Quarter and composed that group’s biggest hit “Take Five”.
SIG – Vintage fountain pen ink signature (1954, Storyville, Boston).
Besides his work with Brubeck, he led several musical groups and collaborated with Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Jim Hall and Ed Bickert. After years of chain smoking and poor health, Desmond succumbed to lung cancer in 1977 after a tour with Brubeck. Uncommon.