Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond begin the recording of ‘1975: The Duets’ for A&M (1975)

Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond’s ‘1975: The Duets’ is a studio album (and the only one as a duo) recorded from June 10 till September 16, 1975 and released the same year by A&M.

Track Listing : 1.Alice In Wonderland (Sammy Fain, Bob Hilliard) – 04:04 . 2.These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You) (Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey) – 05:09 . 3.La Paloma Azul (Blue Dove) (Traditional) – 04:34 . 4.Stardust (Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish) – 04:45 . 5.Koto Song (Dave Brubeck) – 05:56 . 6.Balcony Rock (Dave Brubeck, Paul Desmond) – 02:16 . 7.Summer Song (Dave Brubeck) – 03:18 . 8.You Go To My Head (J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 07:32

Musicians : Dave Brubeck – Piano, Arranger . Paul Desmond – Alto Saxophone

Production : Produced By John Snyder Dave Achelis – Assistant Engineer . Elvin Campbell – Engineer . Kevin Reeves – Mastering

Package : Paul Desmond – Liner Notes . Harry Mittman – Photography . Hollis King – Art Direction . Roland Young – Art Direction

Recorded From June 10 Till September 16, 1975.

Released In 1975 By A&M.


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Dave Brubeck & Paul Desmond’s ‘1975: The Duets’


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