The Best of Paul Desmond

The Best of Paul Desmond

by Paul Desmond



Since Paul Desmond only recorded two albums for CTI, this best-of accumulation from that label stretches the definition a bit by including Desmond appearances on other CTI albums by Jim Hall, Chet Baker, Don Sebesky, and Jackie & Roy, along with extensive samplings from the solo albums. Of course, a more sweeping idea would have been to raid Columbia's vast Dave Brubeck archives for more prime Desmond, but the archivists presumably wanted a more musically unified package. In any case, during this period Desmond was working at a very relaxed pace, recording now and then, fitting into the carefully produced small-group CTI format and a handful of orchestral sessions. He plays beautifully at all times, with Creed Taylor's production inflating the famous dry-martini alto sax tone into something fuller and lusher. Yet he didn't have too much that was new and striking to say at this stage; the earlier Creed Taylor A&M releases are more eloquent and Desmond's true Indian summer would come in his later Horizon recordings with and without Brubeck. Standouts include the lopsidedly swinging remake of "Take Ten" with Gabor Szabo on guitar; two tracks from Pure Desmond with guitarist Ed Bickert as Desmond's subdued, inspired new sidekick ("Squeeze Me," "I'm Old Fashioned"); and an absolutely gorgeous "Song to a Seagull" from Sebesky's Giant Box. As a summation of a particular period of Paul Desmond's career, there is plenty to enjoy here.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/01/2008
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886972391625
catalogNumber: 723916

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Desmond   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Chet Baker   Trumpet
Ed Bickert   Guitar
Phil Bodner   Flute
Ron Carter   Bass
Jack DeJohnette   Drums
Jim Hall   Guitar
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Bob James   Piano,Electric Piano
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Gabor Szabo   Guitar
Warren Covington   Trombone
Brown   Violin
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Jackie Cain   Vocals
David Nadien   Violin
Connie Kay   Drums
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Seymour Barab   Cello
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Garnett Brown   Trombone
James Buffington   French Horn
Earl Chapin   French Horn
Billy Cobham   Drums
Harry Cykman   Violin
Don Sebesky   Piano,Conductor
Max Ellen   Violin
Paul Faulise   Bass Trombone
John Frosk   Trumpet
Steve Gadd   Drums
Paul Gershman   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Emanuel Green   Violin
Roland Hanna   Piano
Harry Lookofsky   Violin
Harold Kohon   Violin
Roy Kral   Vocals
Phil Kraus   Percussion
Charles Libove   Violin
Joseph Malin   Violin
George Marge   Flute
Charles McCracken   Cello
Homer Mensch   Upright Bass
Gene Orloff   Violin
Romeo Penque   Flute
Alan Raph   Bass Trombone
George Ricci   Cello
Alan Rubin   Trumpet
Alan Shulman   Cello
Irving Spice   Violin
Joe Shepley   Trumpet
Peter Gordon   French Horn
Elliot Rosoff   Violin

Technical Credits

Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Don Sebesky   Arranger
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Creed Taylor   Producer
Bruce Mishkit   Art Direction
Joel Zimmerman   Art Direction

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