Pure Desmond

Pure Desmond

by Paul Desmond

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Pure Desmond

With the Skylark "experiment" behind him, Paul Desmond reverted back to the relaxed quartet format that suited him well in the past. The reason? Through Jim Hall, he found a little-known, splendid guitarist in Toronto named Ed Bickert who became his new gigmate in 1974, and this album was meant to show his discovery off. In fact, it sparked a Desmond renaissance where he regained a good deal of the witty spark and erudite cool of his collaborations with Hall, no matter how unfashionable it was to play this way in 1974. Bickert is an even more reticent player than Hall, softer in touch and temperament, but eminently musical, enough to fire up Desmond's creativity. Old Desmond hand Connie Kay lends sympathy and comfort on drums, and Ron Carter is on bass. "Squeeze Me," "Everything I Love," and "Till the Clouds Roll By" are the best examples of the empathy at work here but any track will do, including the two outtakes on the first CD release, the "Song from M*A*S*H" (which, come to think of it, always had a Desmond-like wistfulness about it) and Jobim's "Wave," which develops a suavely songful quality midway through.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/25/2011
Label: Masterworks
UPC: 0886978037824
catalogNumber: 780378

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Desmond   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Ed Bickert   Guitar
Ron Carter   Bass
Connie Kay   Drums

Technical Credits

Django Reinhardt   Composer
Gene Lees   Liner Notes
Jerome Kern   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Don Sebesky   Musical Supervision
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Jacques Larue   Composer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Richard Seidel   Reissue Producer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Roy Turk   Composer
P.G. Wodehouse   Composer
Lee Gaines   Composer
Mike Altman   Composer
Jerry Sarapochiello   Cover Photo

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