Saturday, March 30, 2013

Paul Desmond Quartet - Like Someone in Love '75

In 1992, Telarc unveiled a series of performances from the vault on a short-lived label punningly entitled "Telarchive," beginning with this long-delayed encore to the original releases from Paul Desmond's "Canadian" quartet. Recorded live in Toronto's Bourbon Street Jazz Club several months before the live dates released on Horizon and Artists House, it finds Desmond growing comfortable with his new Toronto friends but not quite settled into their laid-back ways quite yet. There are passages in this session where Desmond sounds a bit uncharacteristically scattered and unfocused, where guitarist Ed Bickert becomes the more fluid and stable solo partner, and bassist (and engineer) Don Thompson takes a lengthy solo on every track. Desmond seems to produce his best work in the material that he seems most familiar with. The title track is the one that catches fire most brightly (with a wry assist from "We're in the Money") and "Things Ain't What They Used to Be" finds him working in some clever asides from, yes, Ravel's "Daphnis et Chloe." The wistful European melancholy of Django Reinhardt's "Nuages" suits him perfectly and Jobim's "Meditation" makes its first appearance on a Desmond recording. The boxy, confined live sound doesn't suit the late saxophonist -- nor, obviously, the perfectionist standards at Telarc -- but every precious unreleased note from Desmond is definitely worth sampling at whatever sonic level.
Richard S. Ginell

Source :

Paul Desmond
Like Someone in Love


1 Just Squeeze Me (But Don't Tease Me) (Ellington, Gaines, Waller, Williams) 8:35
2 Tangerine (Mercer, Schertzinger) 9:39
3 Meditation (Meditação) (Gimbel, Jobim, Mendonca) 10:52
4 Nuages (Reinhardt) 10:30
5 Like Someone in Love (Burke, VanHeusen) 9:44
6 Things Ain't What They Used to Be (Ellington, Ellington, Persons) 10:59

Paul Desmond - as
Ed Bickert - g
Don Thompson - b
Jerry Fuller - dr

Recorded live at the Bourbon Street Jazz Club, Toronto, Canada ; March 29, 1975


bob90 said...

Dear Mel: I am delayed but you could to post a link for this pretty album of Paul Desmond?

jose luis said...

Hello Mel, like bob90 I need a link to download it; is it possible ? he asked for on may 7th. Thank you.

jose luis said...

Thank you so much Mel, you are a gentleman; I hope bob90 come back to this post, cheers !

Melanchthon said...

fcapeau said...

hi, Mel what a beautiful post. I never heard of that stuff before ! Many thanks

Chris Doering said...

Longing for a FLAC of this... re-upload?