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Excellent recording and excellent service.
I recently purchased two recordings, both excellent. Unfortunately, I accidentally downloaded the wrong format for the Desmond recording. While it would play on my computer, and sounded great, it was not recognized by my Pono players. A few emails quickly resolved the problem. After downloading Take Ten in the proper format, it sounds spectacular when fed in balanced mode to my DIY class-D chip and and played through DIY horn-loaded speakers with 4 tapped horn subs. The percussion is tight, the highs sparkle and Paul’s sax is fantastic.
Worth a double take at least!
HDTT continues to do great service for the jazz lover. This is one of the standout records from a year (1963) in which we were still in the Golden Age of jazz and jazz recordings. If you think this is a cheap attempt to capitalize on Brubeck/Desmond's "Take Five," think again. It's a BRILLIANT SEQUEL! Desmond is in top form, as is Jim Hall. Connie Kay shows that he was "not just" (Lord forgive me) the All-Star drummer of the MJQ; he knocks the socks off the Latin percussion rhythms, and doess some great comping/ interplay, especially with Hall's guitar. An example of what we all love – a session in which truly great jazz musicians relax and enjoy their art. Thanks to the excellent DXD sound here, we can sit in and enjoy it with them! Don't "take 10," do it now!
Title: Paul Desmond - Take Ten
Artist(s): Alto Saxophone - Paul Desmond
Bass - Gene Wright, Gene Cherico
Drums - Connie Kay
Guitar - Jim Hall
Supervised By - Paul Gayten
Recording Info: Transferred from a 2-track 15ips tape
Engineer - Ray Hall
Recorded by RCA Records at Webster Hall, NYC, June 5 - 25, 1963
1 Take Ten 2:59
2 El Prince 3:20
3 Alone Together 6:46
4 Embarcadero 3:56
5 Theme From "Black Orpheus" 4:07
6 Nancy 5:58
7 Samba De Orfeu 4:14
8 The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else) 5:31
Total Time: 36:51