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Sweet Paul, Volume 1

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Sweet Paul, Volume 1  - At Newport 1956 & 1959 CD ( see notes) At Newport 1956 & 1959 CD ( see notes)
Sweet Paul, Volume 1  - Complete Berlin 1958 concert ( see notes) Complete Berlin 1958 concert ( see notes)

Label: Philology
Year: 1958
Released on LP: Yes
Released on CD: Yes


1. These Foolish Things (incomplete)
2. St. Louis Blues
3. Two-Part Contention
4. Take the "A" Train
5. Out of Nowhere
6. These Foolish Things

Tracks 7 & 8 do not include Dave Brubeck.

7. The Man I Love
8. Down in Honky Tonk Town


Dave Brubeck (piano)
Paul Desmond (alto sax)
Joe Morello (drums)
Eugene Wright (bass)


Tracks 1- 4 were recorded in Berlin, Germany, February 1958; the tracks are also included on the RLR Records release “Complete 1958 Berlin Concert”.

Tracks 5-6 were recorded in Hannover, Germany, 22nd February 1958. These tracks are included on the Jazz Beat bootleg release “At Newport 1956 & 1959”.

Tracks 7-8 are from a San Francisco recording in January 1950, that Paul Desmond made with Jack Sheedy.

This album was also released on LP.


All Music Guide – copyright

Although this Italian CD has been issued under altoist Paul Desmond's name, six lengthy titles (clocking in between 8:15 and an 18:14 version of "Take the 'A' Train") feature Desmond with the Dave Brubeck Quartet during a pair of Feb. 1958 concerts. Although the recording quality is merely average, the previously unreleased music finds the group (which also includes bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello) in superior form; the lengthy solos of Desmond and Brubeck are quite inventive and often brilliant. However, it is the final two titles that are most unusual, for Desmond is heard in January 1950 on a couple of brief tracks with drummer Jack Sheedy's hot combo.

While "The Man I Love" has a little bit of Desmond alto (along with vibraphonist Cuz Cousineau), "Down In Honky Tonk Town" (which has some prominent trumpet from Jack Minger) is pure Dixieland and finds Desmond taking a half-chorus on clarinet. These are his earliest solos on record. So overall, although the release is obscure, this CD is a real must for Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck fans.

Scott Yanow

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