A nice little collection of work by Paul Desmond – one that offers up three distinct slices of his career! Most of the work here is from Desmond's wonderful recordings for RCA
in the early 60s – some of his first truly great albums as a leader, most of which were done in the company of guitarist Jim Hall – in a sublimely spare groove that's somewhere between bossa and the west coast cool that Desmond helped forge in the 50s. A few other tracks in the set are from Paul's early 70s years at CTI – recordings that almost recreate the mood of the RCA
years, but with a slightly more open, contemporary vibe. In between these are two tracks from Paul's years at A&M – great recordings, of course, but also better documented on other albums. Other players on the CD include Gabor Szabo, Gerry Mulligan, Connie Kay, and Bob James – and titles include "I'm Old Fashioned", "Skylark", "Take Ten", "Stardust", "When Joanna Loved Me", "Desmond Blue", "Bossa Antigua", "El Condor Pasa", "Samba With Some Barbeque", and "A Taste Of Honey".
(Out of print.)