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Paul's 1965 rejoinder to the bossa nova craze of the early '60s. Includes the title cut plus Samba Cantina; The Night Has a Thousand Eyes , and three bonus tracks!

1. Bossa Antigua
2. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
3. O Gato
4. Samba Cantina
5. Curaçao Doloroso
6. Ship Without a Sail
7. Alianca
8. The Girl From East 9th Street
9. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes [Alternate Take]
10. Samba Cepeda
11. O Gato [Alternate Take]

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 1, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • ASIN: B002YXUULK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,029 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Gorgeous, mellow, romantic, simply beautiful.
A. Toyama
Never heard anyone else attempt to play any of these songs, and if anyone knows other versions, I'd love to hear them.
Neal Horwitz
A perfect natural stress and anxiety reliever!
Donald G. Conner

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Neal Horwitz on December 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
There are few albums in which chorus after chorus need to be listened to, studied, and most importantly, enjoyed.
Paul Desmond's recordings with Jim Hall are rightly considered some of the best small group jazz from the late 50's and early 60's, piano-less: alto, guitar, bass and drums. They achieved a symmetry seldom matched in jazz, not just because they were masters of their instrument, but because they took their time,lightly and politely.Such sympatico music certainly happens, but not often enough, and less so now, with the number of sidemen-true music-in any genre-comes from rapport, over and over again. And when it does happen, (as Arthur Miller said) attention must be paid..

"Listening to Hall now is like turning onion skin pages; one lapse of your attention and his solo is rent." Whitney Balliett
And, of course, Desmond's cool, dry,and ethereal playing have yet to be replicated.

Few jazz musicians understand the tremendous importance of space, of what NOT to play, and how to organise thoughts when telling a story. Both Desmond and Hall understood that music, as life, unfolds, and not to rush it, and in doing so, enjoy the journey; you see and hear much more.If this album does not make you understand more about jazz and story lines, take up another interest like curling..

It is hard to fully articulate how good an album this is, and to listen to it again and again for its poetry. Don't believe me? Desmond as a composer was outstanding, and the first cut, the title song, Bossa Antigua, shows his appreciation of melody, and understanding of Brazilian harmonics-he got it fully. And with Connie Kay, who gives it his usual immaculate rhythm and Latin beat, a cascading solo by Hall, and we're off and running to Rio...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ross G. Homer on March 5, 2013
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I used to have the LP way back in the 60's. Loved it then, love it now. Actually love it better now that I'm, well, older. The other day I Latin Jazz playing on Pandora when one of the cuts from this CD came up. I couldn't get to Amazon fast enough to order the CD for wife and myself! Paul Desmond was and will be one the finest sax players that ever lived. If you enjoy Latin Jazz and the soft sounds of bosa nova/samba do yourself a favor and bet this CD. You won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By leaman on September 17, 2012
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Much as what seems to be with most older albums, especially jazz, as an entire album, it isn't mixed as well as it could be. But Jazz albums aren't really meant to be the way a Pink Floyd album plays. It is about the individual songs and that is really how it needs to be listened to. There are many quietly powerful moments that definitely make it worth owning this album. I bought it primarily because of the Jim Hall collaboration. He is an incredible listener, and he and Paul play off of each other extremely well. If nothing else, it is worth being able to hear two incredible musicians that can really feed each other and are playing for the song and not themselves.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tomas Lynch on April 5, 2013
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I am certain that I was a Beatnic in a previous life. This music stikes a chord (no pun intended) with me. Mellow cool jazz sets the mood for my day and Paul Desmond really brings me there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GH on May 14, 2014
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Paul Desmond is not especially known for bossa nova, but with Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and five great bass layers on the various tracks, this album from 1964 is a joy. No one (except maybe Getz) could equal Desmond's suave handling of Latin jazz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 29, 2014
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Desmond's sax is instantly recognizable to those of us in the music world. His pairing here with another distinctive player, the iconic guitarist Jim Hall, is a worthy tribute to the likes of Jobim and the sparkling appeal of the Bossa Nova.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donald G. Conner on February 20, 2014
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I have been listening to "Bossa Antiqua" several times daily since I purchased it. Desmond's mellow and melodic artistry always puts me in a very calm and pleasant place. A perfect natural stress and anxiety reliever!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By geenosr on June 4, 2014
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All I need to say is "Paul Desmond and Jim Hall". If you know who these cats are, you know. If you don't know, try it you'll like it!
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