21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2007
For me the main attraction of the Brubeck Quartet was Paul Desmond. I bought the Mulligan/Desmond disc to get free postage! It is without doubt the luckiest buy I have made in years. I love Mulligan anyway, but Desmond has so much to say on this. Why didn't he do more? Buy it and play it, all sixty eight minutes of it, over and over.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2000
This CD is a real joy to listen to if you like the saxophone. The mix of alto sax (Desmond)& baritone sax (Mulligan)is wonderful - they play games with the music and as most of it was 'just as it came out' it has a natural feel.
If you like the saxophone just buy this CD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Jazz comes in many forms: experimental, aggressive, freeform,groundbreaking and just plain relaxed playing for sheer entertainment. This album falls into the latter category. That is not to say the two front line musicians are being lazy; the interplay is spontaneous and delightful. Two skilled saxophonists playing in harmony, yet with the edge of the cutting contest. It comes over as laid back, but was probably far from it.
This is a studio encounter. It would be interesting to know whether a concert performance might have raised the already high standard higher.
Recorded in 1957 this record is absolutely first rate. Everyone knows that Mulligan and Desmond are two highly competent jazz musicians and their individual styles complement each other perfectly. There is great empathy here, although allegedly there was little preparation for this recording session. They are supported by bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Dave Bailey.
The choice of material is just perfect. Overall ten tracks (including one repeat).
This album is superior to their later 1962 album "Two Of A Mind".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 May 2014
This is an interesting combination of two of my favourite jazz muscians. Desmond appeared to dominate proceedings but I did feel theres was a littel spark mssing to provide the buzz that these players usually generate.
I Idid n't recognise one of the numbers "Two for Tea" but all in all I rate it a four star perfromance.