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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius
As I have very little by Paul Desmond, away from the Brubeck Quartet, this compilation looked like good value. Turned out to be fantastic value! The tracks cover the period October 1961 to June 1965 and consist of 8 with Jim Hall, 4 with strings and 1 with Gerry Mulligan. With one exception, I thought every track an absolute gem. The odd one out was "Alone Together"...
Published on 24 Mar 2008 by J. M. Pease

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3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamboat
First time listening for me. For those who don't know, Paul Desmond was alto sax in Dave Brubeck's group which is still remembered for the Take Five number back in 1961. Although Desmond is a brilliant musician with a wonderful smooth tone, I find his take on all the numbers far too laid back for my liking. Where's the bite, the thrill etc.of jazz - it's no good looking...
Published on 13 Dec 2009 by Allen Worcester


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure genius, 24 Mar 2008
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J. M. Pease "peasej36" (Ashford, Kent. England) - See all my reviews
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As I have very little by Paul Desmond, away from the Brubeck Quartet, this compilation looked like good value. Turned out to be fantastic value! The tracks cover the period October 1961 to June 1965 and consist of 8 with Jim Hall, 4 with strings and 1 with Gerry Mulligan. With one exception, I thought every track an absolute gem. The odd one out was "Alone Together" where I felt that the drums of Connie Kay, of all people, too intrusive. Paul Desmond was one of a small number of musicians who maintained such a high standard that one could virtually buy any album by him knowing it would be hugely enjoyable. His death at the age of 52 was a tragedy although whether he was a 60 a day boozer, as stated in the liner notes, is open to question. Said notes were penned by James Gavin, author of the less than wonderful biography of Chet Baker,so maybe it was just the cigarettes that did the damage.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars West Coast Cool Genius, 8 Jun 2009
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I am a somewhat late convert to Paul Desmond and the draw of West Coast Cool Jazz, always preferring the more challenging syncopation of bebop and hard bop and the freer jazz of Coltrane. Desmond was Dave Brubeck's saxophonist, but he is well worth a listen to as an artist in his own right. It's not "mellow", it's not "smooth", it's Cool - a different attitude that reflects the more laid-back lifestyle of the West Coast and less of the edgy, although technically brilliant styles of the East Coast. I will be buying many more of Mr. Desmond's recordings and expanding my collection to include more of this sub genre. Open your minds, your hearts and ears to the sound of the West Coast.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 26 Sep 2014
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Great album. um
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5 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dreamboat, 13 Dec 2009
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Allen Worcester (Westbury, Wiltshire) - See all my reviews
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First time listening for me. For those who don't know, Paul Desmond was alto sax in Dave Brubeck's group which is still remembered for the Take Five number back in 1961. Although Desmond is a brilliant musician with a wonderful smooth tone, I find his take on all the numbers far too laid back for my liking. Where's the bite, the thrill etc.of jazz - it's no good looking for such experiences on this cd.
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