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Together: Complete Studio Recordings [Import]

Paul DesmondAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 16, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony Import
  • ASIN: B0000277IN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tangerine
2. You Can't Go Home Again
3. How Deep Is the Ocean?
4. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
5. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (You've Changed)
6. Autumn Leaves
7. Concierto de Aranjuez

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Major Jazz Summit September 23, 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a compilation CD, containing seven previously released tracks. The total playing time is roughly 56 minutes. If you own the Chet Baker 1975 and 1977 albums entitled, "She Was To Good For Me "," You Can't Go Home Again" and " The Best Thing For You `, then you already possess five of the seven compositions.
The remaining two tracks, " You'd be So Nice To Come Home To " and " Concierto De Aranjuez " are taken from guitarist Jim Hall's 1975 solo album titled " Concierto ".
The primary advantage of this CD is collecting all the known joint studio recordings of jazz giants Chet Baker and Paul Desmond with assist from an all star team of supporting players. The recording dates range between April 1975 and Feb. 1977. This time period finds Chet Baker in his second creative peak. He'd recently returned to the music scene after a prolonged sabbatical due to an altercation which required major dental surgery and prevented him from practicing his art. He literally had to relearn breathing and lip technique to, again, master his instrument. These recordings demonstrate a renewed confidence in his creative abilities.
Unfortunately for Paul Desmond, these recordings represent some of his final studio work prior to his untimely demise. How Deep Is The Ocean? "and "You Can't Go Home Again ", recorded in Feb. 1977 were finished one week prior to his death.

Two tracks, "Tangerine ` and "Autumn leaves" originate from the July 1974 session produced by the legendary jazz icon, Creed Taylor. The material was arranged by the multi talented Don Sebesky. In fact, Don is responsible for all seven brilliant arrangements contained on this CD. The 1974 session also includes the contributions of Bob James, Ron Carter and Steve Gadd.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars pretty good CD March 24, 2010
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This recording catches several giants of cool jazz in their seasoned primes. The time is the early 1970s. The genre of cool jazz is losing ground to the few holding out practitioners of the genre. Cool jazz never recovers to the level freshness heard here. The contrapuntal lyricism and soft tonalities typical of cool jazz chamber music is here. The implied and never explicit emotional drive remains fresh. Bob James, Paul Desmond, Ron Carter, Chet Baker, and Steve Gadd work smartly with one another. "Autumn Leaves" is the best of this set. There is something intriguing about how Steve Gadd's drums kick this old standard as though to say, "classic tune be damned, this needs to be kicked like a rented mule". And it moves. But this contrasts with the lyrical bop of Desmond, Bob James and Baker who seem to acknowledge that but also want to delineate the subtle beauty of this stalwart vehicle. As always, Ron Carter's lines are constructed with wonderful intelligence and timing. And as with all improvisatory art, you need to hear it to see how it works. As of this writing, the last mentioned item is available for free sampling in low-fi on a popular video website (yeah that one). I suggest you give it a listen and then buy the CD if you dig it the way I do. Rudy Van Gelder's recording work is superb. There is a clear soundstage that makes sense left to right, you can "see" where the instruments are on the performance stage. Problems with the overlapping frequencies canceling one another do not occur on this recording, a tribute to Van Gelder's skill. An example of this is Chet Baker's flugelhorn shadow of Paul Desmond on the last choruses of "Autumn Leaves". You can still hear his musings. So if you like cool jazz and want a well-made recording to your cool jazz collection, then this is a good one.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Colaboration of two GIANTS July 7, 2011
By PD
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this CD for one reason. I heard Concierto de Aranjuez on WBUR in Boston, and was totally awestruck with what was coming from my speakers. Upon purchase, I am now of the believe that this (along with Keith Jarrett Koln Track 1) is one of the greatest jazz compositions of all time. The rest of the CD is also fantastic - and well worth the purchase.

I have no idea why this CD is not available on Itunes or Amazon downloads - but no matter. Buy the CD, rip it in glorious .wav - and enjoy for a lifetime. Brilliant.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul massage March 25, 2012
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I do not need twenty words. But, they are a mandatory minimum.
This CD is a massage for the soul. Three fingers of Talisker, four wheat thins with a small dab of blue Stilton, and one of my Siamest cats in my lap, purring.
Am I happy with this effort of music masters mostly gone?
I am more glad than ever that I saw them perform (albeit) in different venues and at different times, when I was a
young man, learning what was really important. And,...what was not.
Buy this and listen. Repeat as needed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes my Son... December 11, 2013
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***** Chet & Paul D ---- what a once in a lifetime "Miracle" these sessions are. --- There combination was made in "Heaven" ***** When my 36 year old Hip-Hop son heard me playing this cd he actually sat down with me to listen. --- I thought something was wrong until he asked if I had any other cd's of Chet Baker and Paul Desmond ----- I said, -------- yes my son, yes my son...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Ned
Format:Audio CD
This is the definition of cool, smooth jazz by artists and accompanying musicians who in their shared approach all but invented the genre. No alto saxophonist is smoother than Paul Desmond and here he is past his apotheosis with Dave Brubeck and all the cooler for it. Chet Baker brings to bear his creative maturation when things no longer came so easily yet were greatly enhanced by his life experience. These performances are mature, yet entirely accessible to anyone who likes jazz without yet necessarily having experienced total immersion. If that's you, you won't be embarrassed when someone listening with you asks, "Who's this?" out of delight and you can reply, "Chet Baker and Paul Desmond, together." Rest assured, more seasoned jazz listeners ease the throttle back with this one with no loss of integrity.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always great musicians, especially the riff on Rodrigo's Adagio.
Published 1 month ago by Loren D. Acord
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A nice compilation of the previously published works of two great musicians.
Published 1 month ago by AF.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic jazz concerto
Fantastic jazz improvisations. Paul Desmond , Chet Baker and Jim Hall at their best in a classic composition by Rodrigo.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Conti
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST SHUT UP ---AND LISTEN
THE CONCIERTO DE ARANJUEZ JUST LAYS IT ALL OUT THERE---EACH SOLOIST MAKES
A GREAT STATEMENT-----
ONE OF THOSE TIMES WHEN ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT IT---AND REMEMBERS TO... Read more
Published 5 months ago by HermSteinman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic duo, West Coast at it's best.
The wonderful and beautiful sounds of West Coast Jazz floating on the soft winds of love on a summer's afternoon.
Published 8 months ago by P. Lenkevich
5.0 out of 5 stars Baker and Desmond
I enjoy Chet Baker and Paul Desmond's work individually and having them together doubled my pleasure. I only wish they were still with us.
Published 9 months ago by D. R. Portch
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless.
Excellent music during early morning breakfast, at work, or relaxing in the evening. One of my favorites. This CD is played over and over and over again; love it each time. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Marantz Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Performances Of Seven Jazz Standards.
Chet Baker & Paul Desmond. Together: Complete Studio Recordings.
On songs numbered 1.)"Tangerine", and 6. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Daniel M. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful album
Although the whole album is brilliant, the last composition - Concierto De Aranjuez - made me listen to it several times running, each time with acute mixed feelings of admiration,... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Vladimir Makarov
5.0 out of 5 stars Two late greats
Anything Paul Desmond played was worth listening to again and again, so his tracks with Chet Baker are a treasure. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Richard C. Katz
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