Saturday, November 5, 2016

Paul Desmond - First Place Again

The title of this set by alto saxophonist Paul Desmond refers to his having placed first once again in the alto chair in the Downbeat poll. Released in 1959, First Place Again is the result of an unexpected gathering of the rhythm section of the Modern Jazz Quartet : Percy Heath and Connie Kay, and Jimmy Giuffre 3 guitarist Jim Hall. The four musicians were all unexpectedly at home in New York and took full advantage of cheap, after-hours recording studio time to play out this set of standards and a pair of newer tunes, John Lewis' great blues, "Two Degrees East, Three Degrees West," and "East of the Sun (and West Of The Moon)," from a Princeton University theater work. The rest, including a fine reading of "Greensleeves," which is short and tight here, Cole Porter's "I Get a Kick out of You," J. Fred Coots' "For All We Known," "You Got to My Head" — another Coots' tune — and Sammy Cahn's "Time After Time," are done with an airy, amiable vibe, especially the work between Hall and the rhythm section, which is full of counterpoint and sharp accents. Desmond, of course, being at that time the king of melodic improvisation on the alto — with the possible exception of Art Pepper's ascendancy — is in fine form. His whimsical, breathy, dry tone is sharp, on the spot, and full of ideas as he quotes from a vast number of tunes. This is a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxed set if ultimately unmemorable.
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/first-place-again-mw0001990207

Paul Desmond
First Place
Again

Tracks

 1 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  8:41
2 For All we Know (Coots, Lewis, Feist)  5:34
3 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (Lewis)  7:29
4 Greensleeves (trad.)  2:08
5 You Go to my Head (Gillespie, Coots)  6:29
6 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)  (Browman, Rachel)  5:45
7 Time after Time (Cahn, Styne)  6:11

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Personnel
Paul Desmond - as
Jim Hall - g
Percy Heath - b
Connie Kay - dr

Recorded in New York ; September 5, 6 & 7, 1959

19 comments:

danair said...

Fell under the Radar this one,thanks Mel.

FrankDell said...

Another great one. Thanks Mel.

John Pickworth said...

Many thanks !

TEO said...

Thanks very very much Mel!!!
Very rare and very nice session!!!

AmyBRAINS said...

Nice sound!!
Many, many thanks, Melanchthon.

jose arboleda said...

Muchas gracias.

Tibau said...

Great Album
Thanks Mel.

reincidente said...

Thanks again Mel,
To you first place...

Wade Cottingham said...

exquisite sounding recording. first had this on a very budget LP, like from a garage sale. amazing recording and this is the best edition/rip imaginable, thank you Mel.

Unknown said...

Thank you kindly for the Desmond, unknown to me, looking forward to it

Pepin said...

Hello Melanchthon. It is possible that this broken link?

kristophermc28 said...

Nice! Thanks again Mel.

Pepin said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon.

Melanchthon said...

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Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a zillion Mel !

adakun said...

Excelente Mel, se extraña que no incorporen el tema ''Susie'' en esta edición.
Muchas gracias

deGallo said...

Love this album! Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Love Hall with Desmond. Many thanks!

Angelo said...

Obrigado!!!