Paul Desmond – From the Hot Afternoon

Here’s another sparkling jazz album that will go well with your next poolside cocktail party.  I know most people will have no idea who Paul Desmond is, which is why it’s such a joy to let the cat out of the bag here.

Paul was lead saxophone for the Dave Brubeck Quartet through the 50’s and 60’s before he finally decided to strike out on his own.

His sound?

Something that sounds like Stan Getz and a dry martini on sax.  This video below is for a song called Bossa Antigua, which isn’t on this album, but there doesn’t seem to be any videos of songs that were.  This has basically the same flavor though!

Luckily, at the time A&M and it’s Verve offshoot label CTI were in the midst of putting out a slew of amazing jazz albums at the same time and picked up Mr Desmond.

The new label collaboration was already getting a lot of buzz, not just for the artists they featured, but for the artists they chose to back them. “From the Hot Afternoon” is no exception with Sergio Mendes and the Don Sebresky orchestra providing a lush Brazilian themed backdrop for Desmond’s sly saxophone work.

Luckily there were a slew of A&M/CTI reissues in the last few years that brought nearly forgotten gems like this to light. You can find it at most online retailers.  If you like Bossa Nova, Jobim, Brubeck, Mendes or any combination of the list…do yourself a favor and check it out.

Here’s another track from Paul in the same vein… Samba Cepeda.  Not on the album, but you could search for his Bossa Antigua album and get that too!  I won’t stop you!

$10 gets you the whole album DL at Amazon!

Same for Bossa Antigua!


2 Responses to “Paul Desmond – From the Hot Afternoon”

  1. 1 Constance
    June 4, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Sooooo nice to see this post. From the Hot Afternoon is probably my lifetime favorite album and Paul is “most favored artist”! Thank you.

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