Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the October 2005 Issue of Stereophile!
No, not Take Five but Take Ten is the title of this LP and its very first
number. Certainly this should not be taken as a hint that it was not Dave
Brubeck but Paul Desmond who was the composer of this "million seller." At the
recording session, the guitarist Jim Hall was more than a substitute for the
piano - he contributed to the quartet a whole new sound coloring which was
tinged with the influences of bossa nova. The numbers are all easy-going and
airy, the melodic lines and sound are filled with transparency. All the while
one is curious as to the clear part-writing, and the wealth of ideas emanating
from the soloists. This does not only apply to the old favorites "Alone
Together," "Nancy" and "The One I Love," all three of them arrangements made ad
hoc in the studio and which demonstrate how familiar the musicians were with one
another, how they listened to one another, answered, and kept the dialogue
flowing. The atmosphere is relaxed, and this conveys itself to the listener even
after almost half a century.
Paul Desmond, alto sax
Jim Hall, guitar
Gene Cherico, bass
Gene Wright, bass (1)
Connie Kay, drums
1. Take Ten
2. El Prince
3. Alone Together
5. Theme from ''Black Orpheus''
7. Samba de Orfeu
8. The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City 1963.