A Paul Desmond Bibliography


Balliett, Whitney. "An Insouciant Sound" from The New Yorker, September 16, 1991, pp 86-90

  • A lovely biographical profile of Desmond's career and personality.

Crow, Bill. Jazz Anecdotes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.

  • Only a few Desmond anecdotes. pp 82-83, 118, 189

Enstice, Wayne & Rubin, Paul. Jazz Spoken Here: Conversations with 22 Musicians. New York: De Capo Press, 1994

  • Contains an interview with Dave Brubeck

Gioia, Ted. The Imperfect Art: Reflections on Jazz and Modern Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990 (pb).

  • Pages 86-91 contain a profile of Desmond.

Gioia, Ted. West Coast Jazz: Modern Jazz in California, 1945-1960. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1992.

  • An indispensible source for info about Desmond & the Dave Brubeck Quartet
    • Includes the only reference I've seen to Desmond's early and only marriage to an unnamed woman

Goldberg, Joe. "Paul Desmond: The Illustrious Sideman", from Saturday Review, October 13, 1962. pp 40-45.

  • A profile of Desmond.

Goldberg, Joe. Jazz Masters of the Fifties. New York: Macmillan, 1965.

  • Contains a profile of Desmond that is essentially a reprint of the above.

Hall, Fred M. It's About Time: The Dave Brubeck Story. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1996.

  • An authorized biography of Dave Brubeck with frequent refernces to Paul Desmond. Includes an introduction by Gene Lees and a discography.

Hentoff, Nat. "The Solitary Floating Jazzman" from The Village Voice, Vol. XXII, No. 34, August 22, 1977, pp 35-36.

  • A tribute shortly after Desmond's death by one of North America's main jazz critics.
  • Includes a smiling photo of Desmond with a cigarette in his mouth. (He died of lung cancer.)

Hentoff, Nat. Listen to the Stories. New York: HarperCollins, 1995.

  • Contains a reprint of "The Solitary Floating Jazzman" as above.

Horricks, Raymond. Gerry Mulligan. London: Apollo Press, 1986.

  • References to the two Desmond/Mulligan albums Blues in Time and Two of a Mind

Klinkowitz, Jerome. Listen: Gerry Mulligan, an Aural Narrative in Jazz. New York: Schirmer Books (Macmillan), 1991.

  • Contains lots of references to Desmond

Lees, Gene. Meet Me at Jim & Andy's. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988.

  • Contains a chapter entitled "The Bachelor: Paul Desmond"
    • A very warm personal reminiscence.

Lees, Gene. Jazz, Black and White. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1994.

  • Contains a chapter entitled "The Man on the Buffalo Nickel: Dave Brubeck" with lots of Desmond stories especially pages 49-57.

McPartland, Marian. All in Good Time. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1987.

  • Contains a chapter entitled "Perils of Paul: A Portrait of Desperate Desmond" that was originally published in a slightly different form in down beat, September 15, 1960.
  • Also includes a photo of Desmond with Dave Brubeck, p54

Ramsey, Doug. Jazz Matters. Fayetteville: University of Arkansas Press, 1989.

  • Contains a chapter entitled "The Dave Brubeck Quartet" which includes several pieces Ramsey had written over the years:
    • "Take Five with Paul Desmond Or an Intermission Spent at Wit's End, 1962"
    • "Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Reunion, 1976"
    • "Remembering Desmond, 1977" which was originally published in Radio Free Jazz, September, 1977

Rice, Robert. "The Cleanup Man" from The New Yorker, June 3, 1961, pp 41-89.

  • This is a profile of Brubeck, and contains an excellent early history of the Quartet & Desmond's role in it.

Shapiro, Nat & Hentoff, Nat. Hear Me Talkin' To Ya: The Story of Jazz as Told by the Men Who Made It. New York: Dover Publications, 1966.

  • Originally published in 1955 by Rhinehart and Company.
  • Contains a couple of short quotes from Desmond. pp 392-394.

Smith, Arnold Jay. "A Quarter Century Young: The Dave Brubeck Quartet" from down beat, March 25, 1976, pp 18-20, 45-46.

  • Interviews with Desmond, Brubeck, Eugene Wright & Joe Morello

Ullman, Michael. In Fanfare, July/August, 1997

  • On their "Jazz Page" Ullman defends Desmond's often lack of serious attention by the critics of his day.

Williams, Martin. Jazz Masters in Transition, 1957-69. London: MacMillan, 1970

  • Contains a chapter entitled "Mulligan and Desmond at Work" which was originally published in Evergreen Review 28, Jan-Feb, 1963.
    • Describes the recording session for the 1962 Desmond/Mulligan album Two of a Mind
  • Also includes a short piece entitled "Brubeck in Eurasia" which was originally published in down beat, Feb 5, 1959

Williams, Martin. Jazz Heritage. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985.

  • Contains the same chapter on Desmond and Mulligan as above.