Take Ten [US Bonus Tracks]

Take Ten [US Bonus Tracks]

by Paul Desmond


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Now listeners can enter the heart of the Paul Desmond/Jim Hall sessions, a great quartet date with Gene Cherico manning the bass (Gene Wright deputizes on the title track) and MJQ drummer Connie Kay displaying other sides of his personality. Everyone wanted Desmond to come up with a sequel to the monster hit "Take Five"; and so he did, reworking the tune and playfully designating the meter as ten/eight. Hence "Take Ten," a worthy sequel with a solo that has a Middle-Eastern feeling akin to Desmond's famous extemporaneous excursion with Brubeck in "Le Souk" back in 1954. It was here that Desmond also unveiled a spin-off of the then-red-hot bossa nova groove that he called "bossa antigua" (a sardonic play on words meaning "old thing"), which laid the ground for Desmond's next album and a few more later in the decade. Two of the best examples are his own tunes, the samba-like "El Prince" (named after arranger Bob Prince), an infectious number with on-the-wing solo flights that you can't get out of your head, and the haunting "Embarcadero." Hall now gets plenty of room to stretch out, supported by Kay's gently dropped bombs, and he is the perfect understated swinging foil for the wistful altoist. There is not a single track here that isn't loaded with ingeniously worked out, always melodic ideas. [The 2000 U.S. reissue includes three bonus tracks: "Out of Nowhere," and alternate takes of "Embarcadero" and "El Prince."]

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974861225
catalogNumber: 748612
Rank: 8143

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Paul Desmond   Primary Artist,Alto Saxophone
Jim Hall   Guitar,Track Performer
Connie Kay   Drums
Gene Cherico   Bass
Gene Wright   Bass

Technical Credits

Luiz Bonfá   Composer
Paul Desmond   Composer
George Avakian   Producer
Steve Backer   Producer,Executive Producer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer,Lyricist
Johnny Green   Composer
Ray Hall   Engineer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer,Lyricist
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Antônio Maria   Composer
Jay Newland   Engineer
Hugh Peretti   Composer
Luciano Salvatore   Composer
Andre Michel Salvet   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Phil Silvers   Composer
John Snyder   Producer,Reissue Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer,Lyricist
Gene Kalbacher   Liner Notes
Jacqueline Murphy   Art Direction

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