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Bossa Antigua [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import]

Paul Desmond Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B00000IOPJ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 936,223 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. O Gato 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Samba Cantina 5:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Curacao Doloroso 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Ship Without A Sail 6:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Alianca 4:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Girl From East 9th Street 6:160.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Alternate Take) 7:330.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Samba Cepeda 5:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. O Gato (Alternate Take) 4:560.99  Buy MP3 

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When playing alongside Dave Brubeck, the sublime altoist Paul Desmond often played "good cop" (gentle, insouciant, cheerful) to Brubeck's "bad cop" (agitated, cerebral, weighty). In his own, equally fascinating quartets with the august and always composed guitarist Jim Hall, the discord of the Brubeck band is replaced by concord and sympathy. Although the seeds of bossa nova were laid in the mid-1950s, it took two early-1960s Stan Getz records for it to truly blossom: 1962's Jazz Samba with Charlie Byrd and 1964's Getz/Gilberto with Joao Gilberto. Thus, it makes sense that Desmond and crew entered the studio in the summer of 1964 to make their own contributions to the style. Needless to say, the unflappable ensemble and the easygoing style were a perfect match. Atop Modern Jazz Quartet drummer Connie Kay's softly swaying Brazilian rhythms, Desmond and Hall deliver passages that are assertive yet delicate, thoughtful yet breezy, and never ever hurried or forced. --Marc Greilsamer

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenominal CD 14 April 2001
Format:Audio CD
If one needs to relax look no further. This form of Jazz has been around for over 40 years and will be around forever more. I prescibe a superb bottle of wine, the love of ones life and this CD. Take all these in any evening and be prepared for the ultimate romantic experience.The saxaphone played by Paul Desmond is from the soul as is the guitar played by Jim Hall. These mixed with the other fine musicians in this group and we have music to love by. Go for it, you wont be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cool and lovely 24 Feb 2003
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This is a lovely record that showcases Paul Desmond as a composer as well as a player. The title track is a memorable tune that's been going around in my head for days. Unusual to find a bossa album with no songs by Brazilian songwriters, but Desmond's compositions show up really well.
Jim Hall's cool guitar perfectly sets off Desmond's cool alto, and it's nice to hear Connie Kay setting up some real Brazilian grooves. The quartet has a beautiful relaxed sound, and these days it's a joy to hear the silence between and behind the notes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bossa Antigua – Paul Desmond 20 Mar 2014
By crinbin
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Am extremely pleased with the Bossa Antigua by Paul Desmond CD, it gets played often. We really love it! Every track is excellent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Desmond plays ballads. 25 Jun 2001
By Emma Mkrtchian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No one plays ballads any sweeter, with any more feeling than Paul Desmond. After listening to this CD I start to think that noone plays bossa-nova like Desmond. My favorite track is number four: Samba Cantina. If you cannot be in Rio to hear some real cool Brazilian, jazzy samba, then get this CD. I own a box set which contains most of Desmond's recordings with Jim Hall including this CD. I always say he is the modern equivalent of Chopin...a romantic musician and a master of the alto saxophone and this surely comes through this recording.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Desmond Delight! 25 Mar 2000
By Tim Maine - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Though I own alot of Paul Desmond recordings, this one as been in the CD changer for weeks now. There's great, gentle interplay with Jim Hall, and a total sound that is most enjoyable. Warm and round notes make this perfect evening music which I have found pleases most everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How Hard to listen to New Jazz Artists after hearing Greats 19 Oct 1999
By Emile Piscitelli - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Do yourself a favor listen to the smooth delivery of Desmond. Perfect complements are the work of Jim Hall on guitar and the uplifting percussion of Modern Jazz Quartet's Connie Kay. The bassists are the best ever the likes of Percy Heath etc. Sit back and marvel at the mastery of jazz masters. I can't listen to most of the new stuff after this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Wry, and Winsome-100% Desmond 15 Dec 2010
By Neal Horwitz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There are few albums in which chorus after chorus need to be listened to, studied, and most importantly, enjoyed.
Paul Desmond's recordings with Jim Hall are rightly considered some of the best small group jazz from the late 50's and early 60's, piano-less: alto, guitar, bass and drums. They achieved a symmetry seldom matched in jazz, not just because they were masters of their instrument, but because they took their time,lightly and politely.Such sympatico music certainly happens, but not often enough, and less so now, with the number of sidemen-true music-in any genre-comes from rapport, over and over again. And when it does happen, (as Arthur Miller said) attention must be paid..

"Listening to Hall now is like turning onion skin pages; one lapse of your attention and his solo is rent." Whitney Balliett
And, of course, Desmond's cool, dry,and ethereal playing have yet to be replicated.

Few jazz musicians understand the tremendous importance of space, of what NOT to play, and how to organise thoughts when telling a story. Both Desmond and Hall understood that music, as life, unfolds, and not to rush it, and in doing so, enjoy the journey; you see and hear much more.If this album does not make you understand more about jazz and story lines, take up another interest like curling..

It is hard to fully articulate how good an album this is, and to listen to it again and again for its poetry. Don't believe me? Desmond as a composer was outstanding, and the first cut, the title song, Bossa Antigua, shows his appreciation of melody, and understanding of Brazilian harmonics-he got it fully. And with Connie Kay, who gives it his usual immaculate rhythm and Latin beat, a cascading solo by Hall, and we're off and running to Rio...
"The Night Has a Thousand Eyes" is next (and there is an alternate take, which, while good, deserves to stay as an alternate). I have many versions of this standard, some musculuar, soft, avant-garde, and I dare anyone to play me a better version. Sensual, sinewy and poetic, both Desmond and Hall play magic, and own the song, as far as I'm concerned.
"O Gato" was written by Jim's wife, Jane, but credit on the liner notes-(written by Desmond) goes to Jane Herbert, assume her maiden name, as he refers to her only asy "Jim Hall's friend". From another interview, here is what Jane Hall added:
"O Gato was named after a cat we [Jane and Jim] had at the time named Pablo. At first the song didn't have a bridge. But when Paul recorded it, I was so inspired by his melodic improvising that I wrote the bridge". Got that right, melodic improvising, languid and pretty.

Desmnd takes the old Rodgers and Hart chestnut (seldom played or sung) "A Ship Without a Sail' out for a slow cruise. He sticks to the melody, (a hard one to sing) builds to a sensual 3 choruses and reworks it effortlessly, Hall comping and taking a seamless solo that literally hits all the right notes, Kay giving a lilt to make the song sway in the breeze. The melody stays and stays with you, a gem of a song.

The piece de resistance for me (and I think I first got the LP 25 years ago) remains Desmond's "The Girl From E 9th St". Desmond's puckish humour, from the title to the liner notes surface with this title, the antithesis to "The Girl From Ipanema" (remember this was recorded in 1964, at the height of the bossa nova craze).
A gorgeous tune, listen to it carefully. Jim Hall's solo is nothing short of astounding-understanding how to build a solo, his single lines and counterpoints are a thing of beauty, and a song that cannot be improved upon. Never heard anyone else attempt to play any of these songs, and if anyone knows other versions, I'd love to hear them.
Go buy this-or for that matter, anything by the two of them, listen, study, shimmy to it, and realise you are in the aural presence of artistic genius, and give them their due..
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Mood Music 5 April 2013
By Tomas Lynch - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am certain that I was a Beatnic in a previous life. This music stikes a chord (no pun intended) with me. Mellow cool jazz sets the mood for my day and Paul Desmond really brings me there!
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