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The essence of cool!

I had a Paul Desmond cd simply called 'Polka Dots and Moonbeams' that included the first seven tracks presented here, minus 'That Old Feeling' and I used to listen to it constantly. Now, with this album and its ten tracks, longer running time and lovelier cover art, I listen to it even more.! The additional four tracks, not present on the other album, are welcome and fit aptly within the overall slow, liquid tempos at work here. Whether you really listen to this album or just have it on in the background, it's either a gossamer work of beauty or a sexy lullaby - your pick. The very definition of lush, you simply can't wrong with this album.


Born: November 25, 1924 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

Paul Desmond is widely recognized for his genius as a melodic improviser and as the benchmark of cool jazz sax players. His warm, elegant tone was one that he admittedly tried to make sound like a dry martini. He and Art Pepper were virtually the only alto players of their generation not directly influenced by Charlie Parker. Desmond was influenced by Lester Young, but took it further, into melodic and harmonic worlds never before traveled by reedmen -- especially in the upper registers. Desmond...
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