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Cool Jazz by a master
on 9 April 2013
I heard this whole album in low quality on YouTube and decided I had to buy it. I've given it 5 Stars because I like this type of music and this is exactly what I wanted. People either like 'cool jazz' or they don't. If you don't you might dismiss this as elevator music from a 60s movie [and it's right in-period for that]. If you do like this type of jazz, it just flows, from 'Take Ten', a subtle update 'Take Five', through Bossa/Samba tracks, to standards. Perfect for chilling out on the beach or late night relaxing and I wil be using this for both. I could use a better pair of bass bins to get the most out of the recording though.
There was a bewildering array of CD versions and prices for this album so I will be clear on what I am reviewing. It is the 1997 reissue on Sony/Columbia/Legacy/BMG, with three bonus tracks, 'Out of Nowhere' and alternate takes of 'Embarcadero' and 'El Prince'. It does not say that it is the remastered version and I can't hear any of the usual compression that inevitably comes with a modern remaster. I read another review that complained about too-prominent drums and that may have been the remastered version.
Essentially, this is Paul Desmond on a break from the Dave Brubeck Quartet, noodling around wonderfully on alto sax, with Jim Hall's simple and effective jazz guitar accompaniment. Gene Cherico's upright bass [Eugene Wright on 'Take Ten'] and Connie Kay's drums just drive the whole thing along unobtrusively.
The version I bought cost me £4.21 [but is now even cheaper] and arrived in three days on free delivery. Beat that.
My only complaint is that the original cellophane packaging of the CD was almost impossible to get off and I nearly cracked the flimsy, original-style jewel case to do so. But that didn't affect the music at all. Sublime.