Paul Desmond: Take Ten
Take Ten then appears with the original cover and two alternate takes. Recorded in 1963 at the peak of the bossa nova craze, this set heads south of the border and with superlative results. If there was a saxophonist besides Stan Getz more capable of exploring the light and whimsical mood inherent in the bossa nova then it had to be Paul Desmond. His takes on "The Theme from Black Orpheus" and "Samba de Orpheu" are among the highlights of this relaxed but never sleepy set of standards and a few originals. Guitarist Hall responds intuitively to Desmond's every move much in the same intelligent way he has done on record with Sonny Rollins. Certainly, if you have this material on either the old Mosaic or new RCA boxed version you don't need it duplicated. However, if this particular set is not in your collection you'd be wise to add it because this "classic edition" is certainly everything that its title implies.
Track listing:Take Ten, El Prince, Alone Together, Embarcadero, The Theme From Black Orpheus, Nancy, Samba de Orpheu, The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else, Out of Nowhere, Embarcadero (alternate take), El Prince (alternate take)
Personnel: Paul Desmond, alto saxophone; Jim Hall, guitar; Gene Cherico, Eugene Wright, George Duvivier, bass; Connie Kay, drums
Record Label: RCA Victor