Desmond Blue [RCA Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Paul Desmond's sessions away from the Dave Brubeck Quartet were always something special, and this greatly expanded reissue edition of Desmond Blue is no exception. By far the most interesting album that the alto saxophonist ever did with an orchestra, no doubt due to the choice of first-rate standards such as "My Funny Valentine," "Body and Soul," "Ill Wind," and "Like Someone in Love" as well as conductor Bob Prince's thoughtful and never burdensome arrangements, the dependably melodious and inventive Desmond works magic in each of the seven standards and two originals heard here. This CD adds the three unreleased tracks featured in the complete box set of Desmond's RCA ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Paul Desmond's sessions away from the Dave Brubeck Quartet were always something special, and this greatly expanded reissue edition of Desmond Blue is no exception. By far the most interesting album that the alto saxophonist ever did with an orchestra, no doubt due to the choice of first-rate standards such as "My Funny Valentine," "Body and Soul," "Ill Wind," and "Like Someone in Love" as well as conductor Bob Prince's thoughtful and never burdensome arrangements, the dependably melodious and inventive Desmond works magic in each of the seven standards and two originals heard here. This CD adds the three unreleased tracks featured in the complete box set of Desmond's RCA recordings, but also includes four more alternate takes that appear for the first time. Accompanied by the equally lyrical guitarist Jim Hall and a rhythm section that alternates between bassists Milt Hinton, George Duvivier, and Gene Cherico and drummers Connie Kay, Bobby Thomas, and Osie Johnson, this is an ideal CD to introduce newcomers to jazz without overwhelming them. Doug Ramsey's new liner notes add a very personal touch to this reissue, which should be considered an essential acquisition.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972462820
  • Catalog Number: 724628
  • Sales rank: 25,195

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Funny Valentine (3:52)
  2. 2 Desmond Blue (3:40)
  3. 3 Then I'll Be Tired of You (4:06)
  4. 4 I've Got You Under My Skin (4:33)
  5. 5 Late Lament (4:08)
  6. 6 I Should Care (3:52)
  7. 7 Like Someone in Love (4:12)
  8. 8 Ill Wind (3:51)
  9. 9 Body and Soul (5:02)
  10. 10 Autumn Leaves (5:44)
  11. 11 Imagination (4:04)
  12. 12 Advise and Consent (2:17)
  13. 13 Autumn Leaves (5:50)
  14. 14 Autumn Leaves (3:52)
  15. 15 Imagination (5:09)
  16. 16 Advise and Consent (2:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Desmond Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Phil Bodner Woodwind
Jim Hall Guitar
Bob Prince Conductor
Stan Webb Woodwind
Connie Kay Drums
George Duvivier Bass
Gloria Agostini Harp
Seymour Barab Cello
Alfred Breuning Violin
Alfred Brown Viola
Gene Cherico Bass
Harold Coletta Viola
Alex Cores Violin
Bernard Eichen Violin
Arnold Eidus Violin
Burt Fisch Viola
Harry Glickman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Milt Hinton Bass
Osie Johnson Drums
Leo Kahn Violin
Leo Kruczek Violin
Charles Libove Violin
George Marge Woodwind
Charles McCracken Cello
Tony Miranda French Horn
Marvin Morgenstern Violin
George Ockner Violin
Romeo Penque Woodwind
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Phil Ramone Violin
Aaron Rosand Violin
Al Rudnitsky Violin
Harvey Shapiro Cello
Alan Shulman Cello
Harry Zaratzian Viola
Anahid Ajemian Violin
Eugene Bianco Harp
Paul Winter Consort Violin
Al Richman French Horn
Bobby Thomas Jr. Drums
Maurice Wilk Violin
Robert Doty Woodwind
Julius Shaier Viola
Berl Senofsky Violin
Technical Credits
Bob Prince Arranger
George Avakian Producer, Liner Notes
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
Ray Hall Engineer
Doug Ramsey Liner Notes
Michael O. Drexler Mastering
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Showcase For An Alto Sax Master

    With clean, melodic alto saxophone floating lyrically over a string orchestra's backing, "Desmond Blue(Desmond with Strings)is a wonderful showcase for one of the most tasteful instrumentalists of the West Coast "cool" jazz school. The strings never seem obtrusive instead, the backing seems to accentuate Desmond's solos. He weaves melodically over these standards, lilting over the strings, and trading solos with the always-incredible Jim Hall's. When Hall takes the lead, his guitar work echoes Desmond's understated leads. "I Should Care" and "Late Lament"(one of two Desmond compositions) are two of the strongest offerings.

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