Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue - 180g LP

Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue - 180g LP

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Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue - 180g LP
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AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

Analog Spark - AS0009 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl

Mastered by Ryan K Smith at Sterling Sound 

Limited Edition - Pressed at RTI - LSP-2436 RCA Victor

100 Recommended All-Analog ressues Worth Owning - Michael Fremer Analogplanet 2019

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, lower your blood pressure and produce repeated bouts of pleasure.- Sound 9/10 Music 9/10 Michael Fremer Analogplanet.

Limited Edition AAA Pressing.

Cut from the original stereo tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound

Housed in a Stoughton old style tip-on jacket.

180-gram vinyl pressed and plated at RTI.

Originally released as part of RCA Victor’s Living Stereo series in 1962, Desmond Blue is a sonic spectacular that features alto saxophonist Paul Desmond at his best. Although perhaps best known as a member of The Dave Brubeck Quartet and composter of “Take Five,” Desmond’s solo effort is a welcome spotlight on his immense talent. A longtime audiophile favorite, the album features Desmond uniquely backed by a string orchestra and was recorded by George Avakian at Webster Hall over the course of three separate performances in September and October 1961.

As intended, this album presents alto sax specialist Paul Desmond as never featured before, with the backing of a string orchestra. The record, filled with such beautiful jazz standards as "My Funny Valentine," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "Body and Soul," is very rich in texture, yet subtle and mellow overall in mood. It's unyielding purpose: to soothe the souls of its listeners. Desmond's style and tone shine with an alluring quality, and the record is filled with melodies that don't fail to stimulate the sophisticated jazz listener. Desmond's melodies are eloquently detailed and charmingly spun in the midst of the string orchestra arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. The legendary Jim Hall is featured as guest guitarist, playing yet another scintillating role and using his classic comping style. Hall is perhaps the most highly respected of all jazz guitarists for his good taste and witty inventiveness.

Desmond has always been most familiar to the jazz public for his sweeping scale passages and his seemingly effortless spontaneity during periods of improvisation, although here he is often featured in a more lyrical ballad style on such romantic tunes as "My Funny Valentine," "Late Lament," and "Then I'll Be Tired of You." This album is a highly innovative and meticulously crafted work, reflecting the ongoing success of both Desmond and Hall within the 1960s and the cool jazz period. Both of these musicians spent time working with Dave Brubeck and later lent themselves to many of Antonio Carlos Jobim's bossa nova projects. The arrangements are extraordinary throughout this collection, including the charming "Valentine," which begins with a fantastic Elizabethan flavor. The intro sets up the mood to carry Desmond into the first chorus, which then glides into a 20th century style. The tune "I Should Care" is "a shimmering debt to Ibert and one of the most imaginative blendings you will ever hear of strings, reeds, French horn and harp," according to the liner notes. The tone of the album: lush, reflective, thought-provoking, and soul-stirring. This work is quite a plus for any listener and especially those who consider themselves avid fans of Paul Desmond

Desmond’s melodic playing consistently guides the orchestra through arrangements of standards such as “My Funny Valentine,” “ I’ve Got You Under My Skin” and “Body and Soul.” Analog Spark is happy to announce a new reissue of this essential album – cut from the original stereo tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound and pressed/plated at RTI on 180-gram vinyl. 

Analog Spark: The best sources: We use the original tapes and work with the most respected mastering studios. The best pressings: Plated and pressed at the highest-rated pressing plants. Quality tested for a superior listening experience. The best jackets: Highest-quality jackets and protective inner sleeves

Paul Desmond, saxophone
Jim Hall, guitar
String Orchestra
Bob Prince, conductor


Side A

My Funny Valentine
Desmond Blue
Then I'll Be Tired Of You
I've Got You Under My Skin 
Late Lament
Side B

I Should Care
Like Someone In Love
Ill Wind
Body And Soul

Paul Desmond - Desmond Blue - 180g LP


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