Easy Living

Easy Living

by Paul DesmondPaul Desmond

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Overview

As the Paul Desmond/Jim Hall quartet's recording activities gradually came to a halt by 1965, RCA Victor assembled the remains of a number of their later sessions into one last album. These are anything but leftovers, however -- indeed, they constitute the best Desmond/Hall album since Take Ten, more varied in texture and mood, and by and large more inspired in solo content, than Bossa Antigua and Glad to Be Unhappy. As a near-ideal example of this collaboration at its intuitive peak, "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" opens with Hall paraphrasing the tune, and Desmond comes in on the bridge with a perfectly timed rejoinder that sounds as if he's asking a question. "Here's That Rainy Day" is another apt match of a standard to Desmond's sophisticated personality; he is at his dry, jaunty best on the uptempo "That Old Feeling"; and both have a ball jamming on the blues in Desmond's wry, quick "Blues for Fun." [Some reissues add a pair of outtakes, plus "Rude Old Man."]


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Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2016
Label: Imports
UPC: 0889853084227
catalogNumber: 5074990
Rank: 39502

Tracks

  1. When Joanna Loved Me
  2. That Old Feeling
  3. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  4. Here's That Rainy Day
  5. Easy Living
  6. I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face
  7. Bewitched
  8. Blues for Fun
  9. Rude Old Man
  10. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
  11. Bewitched

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