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Paul Desmond (1924-1977)is well known as the alto saxophonist with Dave Brubeck and his quartet and for composing their greatest hit, "Take Five". He was also one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast's "cool jazz" scene. During his time with Dave Brubeck he also did his own projects and this set has 2 such albums. In addition to his work with Brubeck he led several of his own groups and did significant collaborations with artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Jim Hall and Chet Baker.
This 2 CD set presents albums from 1959 & 1957. "First Place Again!" has Paul Desmond; Percy Heath double bass; Jim Hall electric guitar & Connie Kay drums and was recorded in New York in September 1959. The album is a mix of standards and jazz compositions. The second album is the earlier "Blues in Time" and the line up is Paul Desmond; Gerry Mulligan baritone sax; Joe Benjamin bass& Dave Bailey drums. This album was recorded in Los Angeles in August 1957 and is a mix of compositions by Desmond; Mulligan and the standard "Body and Soul" and allows the 2 sax players to explore the full breath of the sound. Liner notes are by Not Now Music regular Peter Gamble and this is another great addition to their already huge jazz back catalogue. Great sound quality and excellent value. Total running time approx 88 minutes.
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on 26 September 2012
This is a cracking cd, which I bought on impulse, along with others due to its astoundingly low price. I love Paul Desmond for his subtlty and delicacy, and this showcases it well.
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on 20 July 2015
If you, like me, are a fan are a fan of Paul Desmond's laid back and gentle style, you are sure to enjoy this double CD. CD1 features Desmond on alto sax, Percy Heath on double bass, Jim Hall on electric guitar and Connie Kay on drums. CD2 features Desmond and Gerry Mulligan on alto and baritone respectively, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums. Disc 1 is my favourite which best showcases Desmond's unique style. At the price this is a super buy, even though I will rarely play disc 2, this is still great value for money. Sound quality is very good considering the age of the recordings, particularly on disc 1. The discs are nicely packaged, which at the price is a bonus, and so for Desmond fans and lovers of cool jazz, this is a must buy and delivery was next day.
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on 8 February 2015
Cool Jazz. CD 1 better than CD 2
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on 26 August 2015
world class saxophone player a total individual outstanding
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on 22 October 2015
Studied beauty. Effortlessly lyrical.
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on 14 November 2014
Brilliant Value for money.
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on 19 August 2013
i rate paul desmond music and this shows his music iwould reccommened to any one who enjoys jazz very good
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on 14 November 2014
Great recording.
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on 18 February 2015
Replaces aVinyl
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