CD Bossa Antigua [Paul Desmond] [743217479527] (CD 1038707),
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Bossa Antigua [Paul Desmond] [743217479527]

  • 1. Bossa Antigua
    2. Night Has a Thousand Eyes
    3. O Gato
    4. Samba Cantina
    5. Curacao Doloroso
    6. Ship Without a Sail
    7. Alianca
    8. Girl From East 9th Streat
    9. Night Has a Thousand Eyes (Alternate Take)
    10. Samba Cepeda
    11. O Gato (Alternate Take)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 74321747952

  • Credits

    This 1999 reissue contains three bonus tracks not on the original release.
    Personnel: Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Jim Hall (guitar); Eugene Wright, Gene Cherico (bass); Connie Kay (drums).
    Bossa Antigua picks up the samba-based rim shots of drummer Connie Kay on Take Ten and tries to make a whole new record out of them. While the title track duplicates the original percolating groove of "El Prince," other tracks like "Samba Cantina" revert to a typical bossa nova rhythm of the period, which leads one to conclude that "bossa antigua" is merely whatever Desmond says it is. Of the album's two non-originals, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," of course, is made-to-order for Desmond's wistful, sophisticated temperament, and he delivers exactly what a Desmond devotee would expect and love; and "A Ship Without a Sail" has some memorable off-the-cuff solo ideas. Jim Hall is around again to lend subtle rhythm support and low-key savvy in his solos, and like many Desmond companions of this period, he makes a fine sparring partner in the contrapuntal exchanges. The Brubeck Quartet's Gene Wright again lends a sturdy hand on bass. The playing is wonderful throughout, though just missing the full-throttle inspiration of Take Ten. ~ Richard S. Ginell

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (12/99, p.153) - "...The interplay between [Jim] Hall and Desmond is always great, but the unhurried elegance of BOSSA ANTIGUA is special even for this great team. Three fine alternate takes enhance this very desirable release."
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