Paul Desmond : Easy Living

Paul Desmond : Easy Living

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Paul Desmond (alto sax), Jim Hall (guitar), Gene Cherico, Gene Wright, Percy Heath (bass), Connie Kay (drums)  

RCA 3480

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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1A - When Joanna Loved Me
A2 - That Old Feeling
A3 - Polka Dots And Moonbeams
A4 - Here's That Rainy Day
B1 - Easy Living
B2 - I've Grown Accustomed To Her Face
B3 - Bewitched
B4 - Blues For Fun

Recorded in June 1963, July and September 1964, June 1965 at RCA Studio, New York City

Why should you buy this LP? 1. Because of its super sound? Of course! 2. Because Paul Desmond and Jim Hall are playing? Naturally! 3. For "Easy Living"? Surely one of the best numbers in one of the most multifaceted versions! 4. Because you missed out on the first release in 1966? Well, don’t make the same mistake in 2018!
Not everyone wants to purchase all Victor recordings by Paul Desmond and Jim Hall with umpteen alternate takes in a voluminous CD Box, to listen to it all, and to find it just wonderful to show off on the record shelf. The eight numbers on "Easy Living" constitute the height of Desmond’s career anyway after he had at last managed to take his leave from Dave Brubeck’s group. And the change from purely chordal playing and single notes from Jim Hall is more airy and more inspiring than the meaty piano clusters of his former boss. And don’t forget either that half of the Modern Jazz Quartet, namely the bassist Percy Heath and the drummer Connie Kay, deliver an exquisite skeletal structure over which the musicians can improvise brilliantly.

RCA’s recording and reproduction technology was ahead of its time. The music of these South-American-sounding gems comes out of the loudspeakers with brilliance, clarity and - at last - without the frustrating crackle of a second-hand LP.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under http://www.pure-analogue.com