Late Lament

Late Lament

by Paul Desmond



Newly signed with RCA Victor not long after the Brubeck Quartet hit the big time with his composition "Take Five," Desmond's initial entry was a lavish session with strings, horn, two winds, and harp arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. Originally called Desmond Blue, the album was renamed Late Lament (after its second track) when reissued in 1987, now presented in chronological sequence with a then-unissued bonus track, "Imagination," from a session held six months later. The arrangements are actually quite creative when they move around -- the opening of "I Should Care" is quite stunning -- yet the orchestrations are often omnipresent throughout entire tracks, though mixed down in the background. Much of the time, Desmond just lays back and muses dreamily, sparing in his choice of notes, relaxing against the cushion. Yet he still comes up with some original ideas that will zap you; his wry composition "Desmond Blue" is full of them and "Like Someone in Love" has a particularly winsome solo. Jim Hall sits in on several of the ten tracks, poking his head through the cushion now and then for an understated solo. Though the critical response was predictably dire and there is more inventive solo Desmond around, this is an undeniably classy entry in the make-out jazz genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Rca
UPC: 0078635577822
catalogNumber: 5778

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Desmond   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Phil Bodner   Wind,Woodwind
Jim Hall   Guitar
Bob Prince   Conductor
Connie Kay   Strings,Drums
Gloria Agostini   Harp
Gene Bianco   Harp
Gene Cherico   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
Osie Johnson   Strings,Drums
George Marge   Woodwind
Tony Miranda   French Horn
Romeo Penque   Wind,Woodwind
Robert Thomas   Percussion,Strings,Drums
Stanley Webb   Woodwind
Richman   French Horn
Gene Blanco   Harp
Robert Doty   Woodwind
Albet Richman   French Horn

Technical Credits

Bob Prince   Arranger
George Avakian   Producer
Steve Backer   Executive Producer
Ray Hall   Remixing
Ed Michel   Reissue Producer,Remixing
Will Thornbury   Liner Notes
Neal Pozner   Art Direction
James McMullan   Illustrations

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