Friday, November 25, 2011

Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue (1962) [Remastered 2002]

Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue (1962) [Remastered 2002]
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Genre ~ Cool, Saxophone Jazz | Label ~ Bluebird Records

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. ~ AllMusic


1. My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart) 3:49
2. Desmond Blue (Paul Desmond) 3:38
3. Then I'll Be Tired Of You (e.y. Harburg-Arthur Schwartz) 4:03
4. I've Got You Under My Skin (Cote Porter) 4:31
5. Late Lament (Paul Desmond) 4:07
6. I Should Care (Axel Stordahl-Paul Weston-Samtny Cohn) 3:49
7. Like Someone In Love (Johnny Burke-Jiтту Van Неusеп) 4:10
8. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good) (Harold Arlen-Ted Koehler) 3:48
9. Body and Soul (Johnny Green-Edward Heyman-Frank Eyton-Robert B. Sour) 4:51

10. Autumn Leaves (Johnny Mercer-Jacques Prevert-Joseph Kozma) 5:42
11. Imagination (Johnny Виrkе-Jimmy Van Heusen) 4:02
12 Advise and Consent (Jerry Fielding) 2:00

13. Autumn Leaves 5:37
14. Autumn Leaves 3:38
15. Imagination 4:51
16. Advise and Consent 2:01

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