You never know where, or in what language, Paul Desmond will turn up next. Here is a sample from a collection of Desmondâ€™s most quoted bon mots, now translated into Spanish.
ProbÃ© a practica unas pocas semanas y acabÃ© tocando demasiado rÃ¡pido.
(I tried practicing for a couple of weeks and ended up playing too fast.)
The translator, Fernando Ortiz de Urbina, writes from London:
Apart from my research on Eddie Costa, I am working on a series of short translations for a Spanish website. Latest in the series is the Desmondisms and Paul Desmond’s interview with Charlie Parker, which I’ve done with the help of Paul Caulfield.
I have also mentioned your book on Desmond, which left me completely speechless when I opened the box it came in (luckily postage was charged by item, not by the kilo.) I have been only browsing, but it is amazing.
Anyway, if you want to have a look all this, it is here:
Muchas gracias al Sr. Ortiz. Se agradecerÃ¡n los comentarios de los lectores hispanohablantes.
( Many thanks to Senor Ortiz. Comments from Spanish speakers are most welcome.)