(2014) Late Lament

Paul Desmond

... read moreNewly signed with RCA Victor not long after the Brubeck Quartet hit the big time with his composition "Take Five," Desmond's initial entry was a lavish session with strings, horn, two winds, and harp arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. Originally called Desmond Blue, the album was renamed Late...

01:06′:13″ 16 Songs

1
Advise And Consent (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
2:17
2
Autumn Leaves (Take 3) [Original Mix]
Paul Desmond
3:52
3
Desmond Blue (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
3:40
4
Late Lament (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
4:08
5
I Should Care (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
3:52
6
Imagination (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
4:04
7
Autumn Leaves (Take 1) [Original Mix]
Paul Desmond
5:50
8
Like Someone In Love (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
4:12
9
Then I'll Be Tired Of You (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
4:06
10
Ill Wind (You're Blowin' Me No Good) [Original Mix]
Paul Desmond
3:51
11
Imagination (Take 4) [Original Mix]
Paul Desmond
5:09
12
Body And Soul (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
5:02
13
My Funny Valentine (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
3:52
14
Advise And Consent (Take 4) [Original Mix]
Paul Desmond
2:01
15
Autumn Leaves (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
5:44
16
I've Got You Under My Skin (Original Mix)
Paul Desmond
4:33
Released 01 August 2014, Edberg & Smith Records

Review

Newly signed with RCA Victor not long after the Brubeck Quartet hit the big time with his composition "Take Five," Desmond's initial entry was a lavish session with strings, horn, two winds, and harp arranged and conducted by Bob Prince. Originally called Desmond Blue, the album was renamed Late Lament (after its second track) when reissued in 1987, now presented in chronological sequence with a then-unissued bonus track, "Imagination," from a session held six months later. The arrangements are actually quite creative when they move around -- the opening of "I Should Care" is quite stunning -- yet the orchestrations are often omnipresent throughout entire tracks, though mixed down in the background. Much of the time, Desmond just lays back and muses dreamily, sparing in his choice of notes, relaxing against the cushion. Yet he still comes up with some original ideas that will zap you; his wry composition "Desmond Blue" is full of them and "Like Someone in Love" has a particularly winsome solo. Jim Hall sits in on several of the ten tracks, poking his head through the cushion now and then for an understated solo. Though the critical response was predictably dire and there is more inventive solo Desmond around, this is an undeniably classy entry in the make-out jazz genre. ~ Richard S. Ginell