Wednesday, December 07, 2005

"Blue," bop, B.G., and Big Tea

Paul Desmond
"Desmond Blue" (1961)

A romance-tinged set featuring Desmond's breathy sax, the languid guitar work of Jim Hall, and a full orchestra.

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Herbie Hancock
"Empyrean Isles" (1964)

"Cantaloupe Island" only scratches the surface on this classic set, which boasts an all-star lineup of Freddie Hubbard on trumpet, Ron Carter on bass, and Anthony Williams on drums.

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Benny Goodman with Jack Teagarden
"B.G. & Big Tea In NYC" (1992)

Jumpin' tunes from the early to mid-'30s, featuring Goodman and Teagarden taking turns in the spotlight as soloists.

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