Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Paul Desmond - East Of The Sun

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. [Though the album was first released under the title First Place Again, it was reissued by the Discovery label in 1986 under the title East of the Sun. The track listing was the same, though the running oder was shuffled.]
Thom Jurek

Source : http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=4746063&style=music&fulldesc=T

Paul Desmond
East Of The Sun


1 I Get a Kick Out of You (Porter)  8:36
2 For All we Know (Coots, Lewis, Feist)  5:35
3 2 Degrees East, 3 Degrees West (Lewis)  7:25
4 Greensleeves (trad.)  2:05
5 You Go to my Head (Gillespie, Coots)  6:25
6 Eats of the Sun (And West of the Moon)  (Browman, Rachel)  5:45
7 Time after Time (Cahn, Styne)  6:12


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

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


Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel!

Anonymous said...

Very welcome to see your blog back "Mel"!! Thank You (Again) for sharing treasures from your wonderful collection! --dandor

kmangold01 said...

Stupid question: what's the password?

dS said...

thanks mel for all of the great music!!!

Anonymous said...

Un grand merci, mais les limites de téléchargement sont déjà atteintes chez rapidshare !

P.J said...

Thanks a lot, for your wonderful blog !
But it's always impossible to download via rapidshare,
because of the sharing limitation:
"File owner's public traffic exhausted"

There is an other method to successfully get your wonderfuuuul files ? I hope so .....

Otis Foster said...

Thnx Melanchthon. Didn't have this session.

Anonymous said...

Dear friends & followers of Mel's blog:

How can we jump the restrictions of Rapidshare? Now is imposible download any file... Some ideas?


Jimmy said...
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Jimmy said...

So great to see this wonderful blog back!

Philo said...

Wonderful music! A typical Paul Desmond & Jim Hall laid back groove. Thanks so much for posting this.

While the CD release on the Discovery label is rare & expensive ($50+), the album has also been released under the title "First Place Again". That version is not so rare.

Anyone trying to find this music on AMG should look under the "First Place Again" album title. That seems to be their only listing.

Kneigh said...

You're right, Philo. I have the "First Place Again" album. I'ts just great listening!! Again, Mel, so good to see you back!! Happy New Year to you, sir!!

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No file…

ZM-JazzRock said...

I don't know if the majority of SVNV visitors are facing the same issue as I am, with RS.
When we go to RS dl page, we received an error message of "traffic ehaustion".
Is there any other solution?
Regards from Brazil,

Philo said...

Here is some background from a RS press release.

"RapidShare Notice

November 8, 2012 at 6:54am ·

Today RapidShare announced a revamped version of its cloud based storage service. At the core of the new strategy is a revised traffic management model, which imposes a daily outbound traffic limit from RapidShare accounts. The limit on this public traffic generated by a single account will be 1 GB/day for free users and 30 GB/day for RapidPro users. Public traffic is traffic generated through download links that have been made publicly available online.

Traffic generated by files in a shared folder accessible by only selected contacts and not by the public remains unlimited. This means, you can upload and download any files of any size on your own account or share files with a group of people from your contact list by using shared folders without any limitation.

The download limit for free users has already ended. The new model will come into full effect on November 27th and will cause no change to the current monthly rate for a RapidPro account."

Since this announcement RS has increased the daily traffic limit for paid accounts to 50MB per day. The limit resets every 24 hours, but once that limit is reached the only thing you can do is wait for it to reset & try again.

For a popular blog the 50MB daily limit can be reached rather quickly after reset.

duck said...

Hi again Mel, still updating with thanks.

cvllos said...

Don't know how I lost this one on my Desmond files. Thanks Melanchthon
And to ZM, a tip, if he's around:
the best moment to program your dloads on RS is when the watch changes 24 to zero hour.
This is valid particularly to those posts that are very needed & rapidly RS limit is reached.

ZM-JazzRock said...

Thank you for the tip with RS.
I will try this if needed.
It seems that recently, I do not have any other issues downloading from RS.

Ананасий Непитин said...

great, great, great!

thanks a lot, Mel!

deGallo said...

Marvelous! Thank You.

Anonymous said...

Fantastic! Thanks, Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

AmyBRAINS said...

Many, many thanks Melanchthon.

Fred Archtop said...

Many thanks and regards !

grumpy said...

Many thanks Mel, missed this first time around!

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mel,

Any chance of re-up? Merci!

groovylounge said...

Hey thanks but the second file is for a different album.

Pet said...

Here's the original album: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51LJg8xUDmL.jpg

Melanchthon said...


Porer said...

Thank you very much

Porer said...

Thank you very much

Newlyner said...

Nice one Mel. Many thanks.

Olde Edo said...

I love Paul Desmond's playing, and especially outside of the Brubeck organization, so this is much appreciated. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Paul & Jim together were never short of magic!
I don't know exactly what Jurek means by "ultimately unmemorable" but those two music wizards will stay for ever in my memory with their unmistakable melodic genius.
Cheers, Mel!

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