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Preserving the genre into the mid 1970s Paul Desmond stands out as a brilliant leader able to present a beautifully finished product in this classic setting. Recorded in a club setting you can hear the occasional clinking of glassware in the background although crowd noise is never a problem. The effect is to make one wish they had been there experiencing this performance in person. Thankfully the recording does a wonderful job of preserving the overall effect of this jazz master's later years.
Ed Bickert's guitar work is outstanding, an example few well known jazz guitarists can even approach. His harmonic content and control is nothing short of incredible. His solos tend to be chord based and unique to him.
In my humble opinion this is jazz at its best, mellow, warm and unobtrusive yet never boring. If you love cool jazz you will very likely love this recording.
Being a guitarist I naturally am very interested in Ed Bickert's work. Filling the slot once occupied by Jim Hall would be daunting, but the guitar work on this album is more than adequate for the task. Mr. Bickert can improvise melodies in chord form that would be difficult to play as single-note lines. I simply have never heard anything quite like it.
Don Thompson holds down the bottom end with inventiveness and creativity while never sacrficing his reliability. His solos are tastefull and complete. He fits in well with the rest of the group and makes a solid contribution.
Jerry Fuller is up to the challenge of holding together the rhythms of this quartet. This drummer is never obtrusive but always present. Substance prevails over pyrotechnics.
Iv'e owned a copy of this album since '77 and still listen to it often. After all of this time there are still gems that jump out of a solo and amaze me. Putting this out on CD was truly a service to the jazz community.
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Paul Desmond is the one and only sax player that I actually like. Well, Boney James is good too, but does not have the vintage class of Desmond.Published 3 months ago by R. Bacon
This is my favorite Paul Desmond album. Indeed there's audience sounds in the recording, some clinking glasses and the like, but this is a wonderfully warm recording that's made... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael K
C,mon now, really, would you rather be sitting their at your computer right now staring at this and other reviews while listening to some other record when instead you could stop... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JW
Possibly Desmond's best recording - playing in his own quartet at the end of his life (mind you, before he knew that) seems to have freed him up. Read morePublished 14 months ago by cookie guitar
Great selection of songs, from a great saxophone player. Not really into live recordings, this album is a winner!Published 20 months ago by P.Farin
PAUL DESMOND WAS THE COOLEST PLAYER I HAVE EVER HEARD. THERE ARE TWO OTHER CD'S FROM THIS LIVE DATE, BUT FOR ME THIS IS THE ONE. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by JAZZMAN65
I bought this to replace the sounds on my missing 33rpm collection. This small part is as great as the original recordings and, of course, much more convenient in contemporary... Read morePublished on February 12, 2013 by Harshjudge