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Desmond Blue/Take Ten

Desmond Blue/Take Ten

by Paul Desmond
     
 
Pairing the urbane elegance and wit of Paul Desmond's alto saxophone with the bopping chiaroscuro of Jim Hall's guitar virtually guarantees sublime jazz of the highest order. These sessions from the early '60s for the most part deliver on that guarantee. In his early twenties at the time of these performances, Desmond had already made his name as a member of the

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Pairing the urbane elegance and wit of Paul Desmond's alto saxophone with the bopping chiaroscuro of Jim Hall's guitar virtually guarantees sublime jazz of the highest order. These sessions from the early '60s for the most part deliver on that guarantee. In his early twenties at the time of these performances, Desmond had already made his name as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and as the writer of its hit "Take Five." He is joined by Hall on both of these sets. 1962's Desmond Blue features the saxophonist and guitarist in the midst of Bob Prince's string and woodwind arrangements. The settings are tasteful and provide thoughtful structures for the soloists, but the pervasive accompaniment also limits the interaction between Desmond and Hall. Still, the pair sounds terrific, which makes up for the occasionally overbearing arrangements. On the other hand, 1963's Take Ten is a quartet date that offers a full serving of the Desmond/Hall chemistry. The title track is a Desmond venture in 5/4 that recalls its namesake from Brubeck's Time Out. Bassist Gene Cherico and drummer Connie Kay contribute sophisticated, graceful support (Gene Wright is the bassist on the title track). With Desmond's own bossa nova pieces, "El Prince" and "Embarcadero," and a pair of Luiz Bonfá tunes, the set has a distinctly Latin feel. Along with the pleasures of the music, not to be missed are Desmond's liner notes, which are a priceless example of the leader's renowned self-deprecating sense of humor.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431279120
catalogNumber:
2791

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Desmond   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Bob Prince   Conductor
Connie Kay   Drums
Gene Cherico   Bass
Gene Wright   Bass

Technical Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Paul Desmond   Liner Notes
Bob Prince   Arranger
George Avakian   Producer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Antônio Maria   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer

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