I bought this CD to hear something of Ed Bickert who plays jazz on a Telecaster, the bonus was the sublime Paul Desmond. I just love his tone and his unforced playing always keeping to the tune and giving the composer the space they need. Ed Bickert is a guitarist who was surely meant to play with Paul Desmond and follows the great Jim Hall who suggested Ed Bickert to Paul Desmond.
Paul Desmond's alto playing was described once as 'the sound of a dry martini'. Ed Bickert adds a second martini here, as the two are perfectly matched and seem very comfortable with the material and each other. I would have liked the tone of the bass to be a little softer, but otherwise, this is a delightful set of standards, well recorded.