Friday, February 13, 2015

Paul Desmond - The Complete Rca Albums Collection

For the bulk of the 1950s and 60’s, Paul Desmond had one of the sweetest gigs in jazz history. As the featured alto saxophonist in the Dave Brubeck quartet, Desmond was a central figure in the most commercially successful jazz ensemble of the time. The sole horn in the group, Desmond attracted considerable critical and public acclaim for his supremely lyrical, sublimely melodic playing. His dulcet phrases couched in what he himself dubbed a “dry martini” tone, Desmond’s alto was a defining sound of the era.
But even a beloved sideman has to step into the full glare of the spotlight at times. While the delightful Two of a Mind found Desmond in a spare collaboration with just Gerry Mulligan’s baritone saxophone and bass and drums, his other RCA albums paired him with Jim Hall, a brilliant guitarist whose lyrical sensibilities matched those of the altoist himself. Exploring standards and the occasional Desmond original, the two proved to be perfect musical partners.
While the majority of Desmond’s recordings found him fronting a quartet with the ever-present Hall, the tasteful drummer Connie Kay, and the resourceful bassists Gene Wright and Gene Cherico, the 1961 Desmond Blue matched the saxophonist with a string orchestra and outstanding arrangements by Bob Prince for a set of exquisitely rendered classics including a memorable “My Funny Valentine.” Take Ten signaled Desmond’s deepening interest in Brazilian bossa nova ; Bossa Antigua explores the genre with further depth and idiomatic understanding. The final RCA album, 1964’s Glad To Be Unhappy, is yet another quietly majestic quartet recording that made it clear that Desmond had developed a solid musical identity of his own. That he left the Brubeck fold just a few years later came as little surprise to those who had tracked the star saxophonist’s monumental RCA work of the 1960s - it was time, and he was more than ready.
This box celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Desmond’s signing to RCA in 1961, which kicked off his most prolific and acclaimed period of solo recordings. Desmond, as a member of the Dave Brubeck Quartet between 1951 and 1967, was one of the most popular saxophonists of his era, and wrote jazz’s greatest hit of the 1950s and 60s - “Take Five”. Albums featured include his gorgeous string session, Desmond Blue, and his classic match-off with Gerry Mulligan Two Of A Mind. Five of the six albums feature melodic guitar giant Jim Hall, the ideal musical partner for Desmond. Desmond was a master at Bossa Nova, heard here on both the Bossa Antigua and Take Ten albums.

Source : http://www.freshsoundrecords.com/the_complete_rca_albums_collection_6-cd_box_set-cd-5930.html

Paul Desmond
The Complete Rca
Albums Collection
(6-cd Box Set)

Tracks

Cd. 1

Desmond Blue

1 My Funny Valentine (Rodgers, Hart)  3:52
2 Desmond Blue (Desmond)  3:40
3 Then I'll Be Tired of You (Harburg, Schwartz)  4:06
4 I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter)  4:42
5 Late Lament (Desmond)  4:12
6 I Should Care (Stordahl, Weston, Cahn)  3:56
7 Like Someone In Love (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:13
8 Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)  (Arlen, Koehler)  3:51
9 Body and Soul (Green, Heyman, Eyton, Sour)  4:54
10 Advise and Consent (Fielding)  2:03
11 Autumn Leaves (Mercer, Prévert, Kosma)  5:44
12 Imagination (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:05
13 Autumn Leaves [alt. take] (Mercer, Prévert, Kosma)  5:40
14 Autumn Leaves [alt. take] (Mercer, Prévert, Kosma)  3:40
15 Imagination [alt. take] (Burke, VanHeusen)  4:53
16 Advise and Consent [alt. take] (Fielding)  2:02

*

See the artwork for details

Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; between September 14, 1961 & March 15, 1962

*


Cd. 2

Take Ten

1 Take Ten (Desmond)  3:11
2 El Prince (Desmond)  3:37
3 Alone Together (Dietz, Schwartz)  6:52
4 Embarcadero (Desmond)  4:07
5 The Theme From Black Orpheus (Manha De Carnaval) (Bonfa, Creatore, Maria)  4:14
6 Nancy (With the Laughing Face) (Silvers, VanHeusen)  6:05
7 Samba De Orfeo (Bonfa)  4:29
8 The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else) (Jones, Kahn)  5:53
9 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  6:48
10 Embarcadero [alt. take] (Desmond)  4:57
11 El Prince [alt. take] (Desmond)  5:36

Personnel
Paul Desmond - as
Jim Hall - g
Gene Cherico - b
Gene Wright - b [# 1]
George Duvivier - b [# 9]
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; 1961 & 1963.

*


Cd. 3

Bossa Antigua

1 Bossa Antigua  (Desmond)  4:47
2 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Bernier, Brainin)  5:07
3 O Gato  (Herbert)  4:37
4 Samba Cantina (Desmond)  5:41
5 Curaçao Doloroso (Desmond)  4:34
6 A Ship Without a Sail  (Hart, Rodgers)  6:22
7 Alianca (Desmond)  4:32
8 The Girl From East 9th Street (Desmond)  6:27
9 The Night Has a Thousand Eyes [alt. take] (Bernier, Brainin)  7:20
10 Samba Cepeda (Desmond)  5:09
11 O Gato [alt. take] (Herbert)  4:53

Personnel
Paul Desmond - as
Jim Hall - g
Eugene Wright - b
Gene Cherico - b [# 9 only]
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A, New York City ; June 14, 1963 [# 9] ;  July 28 [# 2, 6 & 8], 30 [# 7 & 1] & August 20 [# 3 & 5], 1964.

*

Cd. 4

Glad to Be Unhappy

1 Glad To Be Unhappy  (Hart, Rodgers)  5:46
2 Poor Butterfly (Golden, Hubbell)  7:20
3 A Stranger In Town (Torme)  6:27
4 A Taste of Honey (Marlow, Scott)  4:29
5 Any Other Time  (Desmond)  5:26
6 Hi-Lili, Hi-Lo (Deutsch, Kaper)  4:43
7 Angel Eyes (Brent, Dennis)  6:31
8 By the River St. Marie (Leslie, Warren)  6:17
9 All Across the City (Hall)  4:34
10 All Through the Night (Porter)  5:25


Personnel
Paul Desmond - as
Jim Hall - g
Gene Wright - b [except on # 2]
Gene Cherico - b [# 2 only]
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded in RCA Victor's Studio A and Webster Hall, New York City ; June 6, 1963 [# 2] ;  July 13 [# 7] ; 14 [# 4], August 20 [# 5] ; September 4 [# 3 & 6]; 8 [# 1 & 6] & 16 [# 9 & 10], 1964.

*


Cd. 5

Easy Living

1 When Joanna Loved Me (Wells, Segal)  5:48
2 That Old Feeling (Fain, Brown)  5:47
3 Polka Dots and Moonbeams (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:52
4 Here's That Rainy Day (Burke, VanHeusen)  5:43
5 Easy Living (Robin, Rainger)  7:09
6 I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face (Lerner, Loewe)  4:19
7 Bewitched (Rodgers, Hart)  6:25
8 Blues For Fun (Desmond)  6:37
9 Rude Old Man (Wright)  5:42
10 Polka Dota and Moonbeams [alt. take] (Burke, VanHeusen)  6:13
11 Bewitched [alt. take] (Rodgers, Hart)  7:47


Personnel
Paul Desmond - as
Gene Wright - b [# 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11]
Gene Cherico - b [# 3 & 6]
Percy Heath - b [# 4, 7, 8]
Connie Kay - dr
Jim Hall - g

Recorded in New York City ; June 5, 1963 [# 3] ; June 14, 1963 [# 8] ; June 25, 1963 [# 2] ; July 13, 1964 [# 9] ; July 14, 1964 [# 10 & 11] ; September 9 [# 5] & 16 [# 11] 1964 ; & June 1, 1965 [# 4, 6 & 7]

*

Cd. 6

Two of a Mind

1 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  5:53
2 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  8:20
3 Two of a Mind (Desmond)  5:45
4 Blight of the Fumble Bee (Mulligan)  6:33
5 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  7:19
6 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  6:42
7 Easy Living* (Robin, Raigner)  7:29
8 All the Things You Are* [alt. take] (Hammerstein, Kern)  6:58
9 The Way You Look Tonight* [alt. take] (Fields, Kern)  7:52
10 Untitled Blues* Waltz (unkwnow)  9:45
11 Untitled Blues* Waltz [breakdown] (unkwnow)  1:38

* previously unissued


Personnel
[# 1, 2, & 8]
Paul Desmond - as
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Wendell Marshall - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded at RCA Recording Studio A, New York City ; July 3, 1962
[# 3, 6, & 9]
Paul Desmond - as
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Joe Benjamin - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded same place as above ; August 3, 1962
[# 4, 5, & 7]
Paul Desmond - as
Gerry Mulligan - bs
John Beal - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded same place as above ; June 26, 1962
[# 10 & 11]
Paul Desmond - as [& bs on # 11]
Gerry Mulligan - bs [add p on # 11]
Jim Hall - g
John Beal - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; June 8, 1962

19 comments:

jose arboleda said...

Muchas Gracias.

Luis said...

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cvllos said...

Wonderful pack from an inspired interpreter.
Thank you and congratulations for this post!

Toad said...

Great post, many thanks

Rick said...

Many thanks for this fine post, Mel. Can't ever get enough of Jim Hall.

vsense said...

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jazzcat1228 said...

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John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !Terrific !

deGallo said...

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Isidoro Macarena said...

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Jazzsoulman said...

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Thank you very much for the download.
Does anyone know the password, as I seem to need one for the archive.Thank you very much again.

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