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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.