Time Out Sessions, NYC, 1959
Credits: Photo by Don Hunstein ęSony Collectibles. All rights reserved.
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and his Quartet - Paul Desmond (saxophone), Eugene Wright (bass) and Joe Morello (drums) - laid down their indelible performance of the Desmond-penned classic, "Take Five," during three summer sessions (June 25, July 1, and August 18) in 1959. Don Hunstein's rare color shot of the foursome in short sleeves during the sessions at Columbia's 30th Street Studio distills the essence of "Take Five," an eternally cool sonic tonic for an endless summer night. Desmond left his royalties from the song, the first million-selling jazz single in Billboard's Hot 100 history, to the American Red Cross.