The Best of Paul Desmond

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All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Since Paul Desmond only recorded two albums for CTI, this best-of accumulation from that label stretches the definition a bit by including Desmond appearances on other CTI albums by Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Don Sebesky, and Jackie & Roy, along with extensive samplings from the solo albums. Of course, a more sweeping idea would have been to raid Columbia's vast Dave Brubeck archives for more prime Desmond, but the archivists presumably wanted a more musically unified package. In any case, during this period Desmond was working at a very relaxed pace, recording now and then, fitting into the carefully produced small-group CTI format and a handful of orchestral ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Since Paul Desmond only recorded two albums for CTI, this best-of accumulation from that label stretches the definition a bit by including Desmond appearances on other CTI albums by Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Don Sebesky, and Jackie & Roy, along with extensive samplings from the solo albums. Of course, a more sweeping idea would have been to raid Columbia's vast Dave Brubeck archives for more prime Desmond, but the archivists presumably wanted a more musically unified package. In any case, during this period Desmond was working at a very relaxed pace, recording now and then, fitting into the carefully produced small-group CTI format and a handful of orchestral sessions. He plays beautifully at all times, with Creed Taylor's production inflating the famous dry-martini alto sax tone into something fuller and lusher. Yet he didn't have too much that was new and striking to say at this stage; the earlier Creed Taylor A&M releases are more eloquent and Desmond's true Indian summer would come in his later Horizon recordings with and without Brubeck. Standouts include the lopsidedly swinging remake of "Take Ten" with Gabor Szabo on guitar; two tracks from Pure Desmond with guitarist Ed Bickert as Desmond's subdued, inspired new sidekick "Squeeze Me," "I'm Old Fashioned"; and an absolutely gorgeous "Song to a Seagull" from Sebesky's Giant Box. As a summation of a particular period of Paul Desmond's career, there is plenty to enjoy here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972391625
  • Catalog Number: 723916
  • Sales rank: 22,014

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song to a Seagull (5:44)
  2. 2 Take Ten (6:03)
  3. 3 Romance de Amor (9:37)
  4. 4 Was a Sunny Day (4:51)
  5. 5 Summer Song/Summertime (4:37)
  6. 6 Squeeze Me (4:31)
  7. 7 I'm Old Fashioned (4:55)
  8. 8 Nuages (5:13)
  9. 9 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (7:03)
  10. 10 Autumn Leaves (7:03)
  11. 11 Skylark (5:14)
  12. 12 Vocalise (5:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Desmond Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Chet Baker Trumpet
Ed Bickert Guitar
Phil Bodner Flute
Ron Carter Bass
Jack DeJohnette Drums
Jim Hall Guitar
Milt Jackson Vibes
Bob James Piano, Electric Piano
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Gabor Szabo Guitar
Warren Covington Trombone
Al Brown Violin
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Jackie Cain Vocals
David Nadien Violin
Connie Kay Drums
Wayne Andre Trombone
Seymour Barab Cello
Gene Bertoncini Guitar
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Garnett Brown Trombone
James Buffington French Horn
Earl Chapin French Horn
Billy Cobham Drums
Harry Cykman Violin
Don Sebesky Piano, Conductor
Max Ellen Violin
Paul Faulise Bass Trombone
John Frosk Trumpet
Steve Gadd Drums
Paul Gershman Violin
Harry Glickman Violin
Emanuel Green Violin
Roland Hanna Piano
Harry Lookofsky Violin
Harold Kohon Violin
Roy Kral Vocals
Phil Kraus Percussion
Charles Libove Violin
Joseph Malin Violin
George Marge Flute
Charles McCracken Cello
Homer Mensch Upright Bass
Gene Orloff Violin
Romeo Penque Flute
Alan Raph Bass Trombone
George Ricci Cello
Alan Rubin Trumpet
Alan Shulman Cello
Irving Spice Violin
Joe Shepley Trumpet
Peter Gordon French Horn
Elliot Rosoff Violin
Technical Credits
Didier C. Deutsch Liner Notes
Don Sebesky Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder Engineer
Creed Taylor Producer
Mark Wilder Mastering
Bruce Mishkit Art Direction
Joel Zimmerman Art Direction
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