Paul Desmond: The Best of Paul Desmond



This 12-track compilation covers the later fare of this great altoist and long an integral member of Dave Brubeck’s classic quartet. The music heard here is drawn from his 1970’s CTI recordings. Here, his well-known dry tone is often set into and against a more lush and produced backdrop than is used in traditional acoustic jazz . With contemporary material from songwriters such as Joni Mitchell and Paul Simon mixing with more standard jazz fare, this makes for a compelling listening experience. Tracks include “Take Ten,” Skylark,” and “Autumn Leaves.” Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

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