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Warning: strings attached
on 29 March 2012
Having paid only £2.99 for this album, compiled from three New York sessions in the early sixties, and agreeing with other reviewers to a great extent about Mr Desmond's fluid artistry, some fine guitar playing from Jim Hall, and with a welcome nod to Gerry Mulligan, I shouldn't moan too much. Nevertheless, this is not exactly groundbreaking stuff, meriting a five-star review. Nor is it helped by Connie Kay's unimaginative percussion. The essence of modern jazz is surely creativity, not performativity? This really belongs in the Easy Listening section. And I have to issue a 'Totally Inappropriate Slushy Strings Accompaniments' (TISSA) warning here... In fact, I can't imagine playing it a second time without hovering over the ff button. There are hideous orchestral intrusions on this album, where I really felt like throwing-up. Why do arrangers do it? It should be made a capital offence! But, hey. It's what you like, right?