Paul Desmond: 'The Sound of a Dry Martini' With a darkly lilting approach, alto saxophonist Paul Desmond rose to fame soloing in the crook of Dave Brubeck's piano, playing a critical part in one of the most heralded groups in jazz history.
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Paul Desmond: 'The Sound of a Dry Martini'

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Paul Desmond: 'The Sound of a Dry Martini'

Paul Desmond: 'The Sound of a Dry Martini'

Paul Desmond: 'The Sound of a Dry Martini'

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