Paul Desmond Bossa Antigua
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- Released: December 1, 2009
- Originally Released: 2009
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
JazzTimes - 12/99, p.153"...The interplay between [Jim] Hall and Desmond is always great, but the unhurried elegance of BOSSA ANTIGUA is special even for this great team. Three fine alternate takes enhance this very desirable release."
- 1.Bossa Antigua
- 2.The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
- 3.O Gato
- 4.Samba Cantina
- 5.Curacao Doloroso
- 6.Ship Without A Sail
- 8.The Girl From East 9th Street
- 9.The Night Has A Thousand Eyes: Alternate Take
- 10.Samba Cepeda
- 11.O Gato: Alternate Take
This 1999 reissue contains three bonus tracks not on the original release.
Personnel: Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Jim Hall (guitar); Eugene Wright, Gene Cherico (bass); Connie Kay (drums).
Personnel: Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Connie Kay (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Joe Lopes.
Liner Note Authors: Paul Desmond; Doug Ramsey.
Recording information: Webster Hall, New York, NY (07/1964-08/1964).
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Bossa Antigua picks up the samba-based rim shots of drummer Connie Kay on Take Ten and tries to make a whole new record out of them. While the title track duplicates the original percolating groove of "El Prince," other tracks like "Samba Cantina" revert to a typical bossa nova rhythm of the period, which leads one to conclude that "bossa antigua" is merely whatever Desmond says it is. Of the album's two non-originals, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," of course, is made-to-order for Desmond's wistful, sophisticated temperament, and he delivers exactly what a Desmond devotee would expect and love; and "A Ship Without a Sail" has some memorable off-the-cuff solo ideas. Jim Hall is around again to lend subtle rhythm support and low-key savvy in his solos, and like many Desmond companions of this period, he makes a fine sparring partner in the contrapuntal exchanges. The Brubeck Quartet's Gene Wright again lends a sturdy hand on bass. The playing is wonderful throughout, though just missing the full-throttle inspiration of Take Ten. ~ Richard S. Ginell
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