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Desmond Blue Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Bluebird
  • ASIN: B00005V6N2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,047 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. My Funny Valentine
2. Desmond Blue
3. Then I'll Be Tired Of You
4. I've Got You Under My Skin
5. Late Lament
6. I Should Care
7. Like Someone In Love
8. Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good)
9. Body and Soul
10. Imagination (Bonus Track)
11. Advise and Consent (Bonus Track)
12. Autumn Leaves (Bonus Track)
13. Autumn Leaves (Bonus Track)
14. Imagination (Bonus Track)
15. Advise and Consent (Bonus Track)

Customer Reviews

This man is a genius!!!
Paulo Leite
Just love it - that so-cool yet intensely lyrical tone is simply sensational.
summitscape
I have been a fan of Paul Desmond for decades.
Harry L. Brown

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Paulo Leite on August 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This man is a genius!!! I first listened to Desmond in the Dave Brubeck's legendary Quartet. This album is a gem! His unique style united with Jim Hall's cool guitar will drive a wide musical breeze through your speakers (and they'd better be good). The strings are lush and yet very subtle (if that's possible!!!). Clearly an orchestration made with taste by Mr.Bob Prince. A top album with six extra tracks!!
What a style...
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By "douglasnegley" on September 7, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I have two copies of this LP under two different titles, both released by RCA. The original, titled "Desmond Blue", as here on the CD, I wore out. The second time around, it had been renamed (and repackaged - the cover must have looked too dated by then) "Desmond Gold". I like the arrangements by Bob Prince and I think Desmond is as well suited to a string recording as any saxman can be. I have not heard the 'bonus' tracks contained on this CD. I am rating this 4 stars because I love it - I just can't put it up there with 5 stars, since that, to me, means "greatest ever". How can the previous reviewer, who obviously dislikes the CD, give it 4 stars after thrashing it? If I do not like a recording, I give it 1 star; if I find something redeeming on a recording, I give it 2 stars; if it's good but flawed, I'll go 3 stars; if it is REALLY good, I go 4 stars. The best ever LPs, CDs are reserved for my 5 stars. Am I misinterpreting this system? I sure hope not...
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32 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Paul Desmond was probably the greatest jazz alto sax player out there, and he recorded surprisingly little outside of the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Consequently, I'm a completist and try to obtain all I can by this artist, who seldom disappoints. Desmond Blue, however, disappoints. It is the first of his five or six albums recorded with Jim Hall in the form of a quartet (the five albums, including this one, are released in the form of the superb RCA box set) and it is by far the worst. What went wrong with this album? Well, the quartet is backed by an over-powering string section. The songs seem orchestrated and downright tacky because of these strings, and they get in the way of Paul Desmond¡¦s sax playing and actually make poor Desmond sound a bit whiney. The result is an album that is actually too annoying for me to really listen to that much. If you can get past the strings, you'll hear some excellent work by Desmond and Jim Hall's beautiful guitar, but thankfully Desmond recorded enough solo material with Hall that you don't have to settle for this. You're much better off with "Take Ten" (the classic Desmond solo album) or "Easy Living" (which I actually prefer to Take Ten). These albums are just the quartet, and they really can't be beat, but this album is only for Desmond completists who love Desmond¡¦s sax playing enough that they are willing to be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Duncan MacLeod on June 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Normally, I don't have much use for records of jazz players with strings. They mostly strike me as needless attempts to somehow "legitimize" the artist as a serious player with a pseudo-symphonic setting, in hopes of getting non-jazz listeners to give him some credit.

This album is a wonderful exception to the usually contrived-sounding "jazzman with strings" album, or attempt at a "mood-music" atmosphere. Rather than sounding superfluous, as strings in jazz usually do, the Bob-Prince-arranged orchestra here seems to wonderfully complement the lyrical Desmond style. The orchestrations, at least on most cuts, actually sound like some creative thought went into them.

For the listener who is uncertain, I recommend starting out by listening to "Like Someone In Love." The orchestra's up-tempo intro raises expectations of something really special, and Desmond's soloing does not disappoint. He states the melody first, with phrasing not heard in any previous version of this Jimmy VanHeusen gem. Guitarist Jim Hall provides a nice interlude in the middle, followed by some more playing by Desmond that makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck whenever I listen to it.

Nearly every other track is nice, but none quite comes up to "Like Someone in Love" for my ears. Still, I'd recommend the album, especially if you like string albums--but even if, like me, you don't usually like them.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Douglas Bowman on September 2, 2005
Format: Audio CD
With clean, melodic alto saxophone floating lyrically over a string orchestra's backing, "Desmond Blue(Desmond with Strings)is a wonderful showcase for one of the most tasteful instrumentalists of the West Coast "cool" jazz school. The strings never seem obtrusive; instead, the backing seems to accentuate Desmond's solos. He weaves melodically over these standards, lilting over the strings, and trading solos with the always-incredible Jim Hall's. When Hall takes the lead, his guitar work echoes Desmond's understated leads. "I Should Care" and "Late Lament"(one of two Desmond compositions) are two of the strongest offerings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon M. Lyon on July 28, 2009
Format: MP3 Music
I'm not sure why everyone is complaining about this album. It has strings? So what. It doesn't have Brubeck? Good! The point is that its Desmond. Its good Desmond. Don't let the other reviewers fool you. It's not like its hard to press the preview button and figure out for yourself if you like it. I LOVE it.
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