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The Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Paul Desmond
The Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #3
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #4
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #5

An outstanding 4-cd collection comprising the complete master takes by paul desmond's pianoless quartet with jim hall. Produced under superb studio conditions, these are some of the very best recordings ever made by the sa...  more »

      
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All Artists: Paul Desmond
Title: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA
Original Release Date: 10/14/1997
Release Date: 10/14/1997
Album Type: Box set
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Style: Cool Jazz
Number of Discs: 5
SwapaCD Credits: 5
Other Editions: Complete Recordings
UPCs: 090266868728, 743214253021

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An outstanding 4-cd collection comprising the complete master takes by paul desmond's pianoless quartet with jim hall. Produced under superb studio conditions, these are some of the very best recordings ever made by the saxophonist.
 

CD Reviews

By the way...
bruce horner | 08/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I reviewed this set before I should have mentioned that it's not EXACTLY like the corresponding Mosaic box. A Warner Brothers album that was included on the Mosaic set is replaced here by an RCA album with strings (Desmond Blue)----the arrangements are not terrible but to these ears simply unnecessary. This was music with a compelling inner logic that required no sweetening. Adding strings to the interplay between Jim Hall and Desmond is kind of like adding extra syllables to a haiku, at least to my mind. But though I'd have to put the Mosaic set half a notch higher, it HAS been out of print for some years, so unless you want to tape it from a friend or library (or God forbid, get it off eBay) this 5-CD box is almost as good a deal. And hey, no surface noise."
Desmond: A Unique Jazz Stylist In A Perfect Setting
bruce horner | 07/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Desmond still doesn't get his due. After playing with the Brubeck band for so many years, his considerable individual talents were overlooked or dismissed. Now he's almost as forgotten as Buddy DeFranco. The fact is, he was as original and commanding a player as Stan Getz or Lee Konitz, and just as deserving of attention. Outside of the Brubeck band he seemed to prefer playing with guitarists instead of pianists (is it any wonder?) and these sessions with the redoubtable Jim Hall show Desmond at his best. Both Desmond and Hall particularly shine on disc one, among the best tracks Desmond ever recorded. I originally bought most of this stuff as a Mosaic vinyl boxed set, but I'm very tempted to get this reissue just to have a copy free of any possible surface noise."
The Art of Improvisation
bruce horner | 06/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I read a response from one reviewer and had to respond. This CD is an absolute must for anyone who loves Jazz. Desmond and Hall are two gifted players who both possess a sound that is immediately identifiable. Along with their unique sound, they possessed an equally unique approach. I listened to this and I couldn't think of a place where they played an extra note and the sound is just beautiful. In an age of overkill, the Art of restraint in Music is too often overlooked. Listen to the masters of restraint. This is Art and if you can't hear it here, you probably don't really like great improvisation, in my humble opinion....."