Desmond Blue (Bluebird First Editions - (Import CD)
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- Jazz Instrument
- Alto Sax
- Mono / Stereo
- Desmond Blue [Remaster]
Personnel includes: Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Bob Prince (arranger, conductor); George Marge, Robert Doly, Paul Winter, Stan Webb, Phil Bodner, Romeo Penque (winds); Albert Richman, Tony Miranda (French horn); Charles Libove, Arnold Eidus, Anahid Ajemian, Harry Glickman (violin); Harry Zaratzian, Alfred Brown (viola); Alan Shulman, Harvey Shapiro (cello); Gene Bianco, Gloria Agostni (harp); Jim Hall (guitar); Gene Cherico, Milt Hinton (bass); Connie Kay, Bobby Thomas, Osie Johnson (drums).
Producer: George Avakian.
Reissue producer: Barry Feldman.
Principally recorded at Webster Hall, New York, New York between June 19, 1961 & March 15, 1962. Includes liner notes by Doug Ramsey and George Avakian.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
This is part of Bluebird Records "First Editions" series.
Recording sessions that pair jazz musicians with string orchestras can be dicey affairs, artistically speaking. More often than not, they represent an attempt to dilute the edginess of jazz and make it palatable for listeners with softer ears. DESMOND BLUE, however, succeeds marvelously. Given alto saxophonist Paul Desmond's natural penchant for cool, silky tones and highly nuanced phrasing, the addition of lush strings (arranged here by Bob Prince) is perfectly complementary, and the results are rich, complex, and alluring, never syrupy or sentimental.
The presence of guitar legend Jim Hall adds another dimension to the proceedings. Hall plays with great intuitive restraint and balance, yet is progressive in terms of his harmonic and rhythmic approach. The set focuses mostly on standards, including "I've Got You Under My Skin," "Body and Soul," and "My Funny Valentine," but it is the mood--sophisticated and soothing--that dominates throughout. This is introspective music that will undoubtedly appeal to Desmond fans, and should win over jazz purists and lovers of contemporary orchestral music alike.
- Country of Origin
- Bluebird RCA (USA)
- Studio / Live
- Paul Desmond
- Songs / Tracks
- [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] My Funny Valentine
- [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Desmond Blue
- [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Then I'll Be Tired of You
- [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] I've Got You Under My Skin
- [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Late Lament
- [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] I Should Care
- [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Like Someone in Love
- [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
- [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Body and Soul
- [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] Autumn Leaves
- [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] Imagination
- [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Advise and Consent
- [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] Autumn Leaves
- [ Disc 01 Track 14 ] Autumn Leaves
- [ Disc 01 Track 15 ] Imagination
- [ Disc 01 Track 16 ] Advise and Consent
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- 66m 21s
- Video Disabled
- Ray Hall
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