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Paul Desmond Take Ten'
Limited, Numbered Edition Of 1,500 Copies
Pressed On Audiophile-grade 180 Gram Vinyl At
Pallas Group In Germany
Mastered From Original Analog Tapes By Bernie
Features Jim Hall On Guitar And Connie Kay On
Everyone wanted Desmond to come up with a sequel to the monster
hit "Take Five"; and so he did, reworking the tune and playfully
designating the meter as 10/8. Hence "Take Ten," a worthy sequel with
a solo that has a Middle-Eastern feeling akin to Desmond's famous
extemporaneous excursion with Brubeck in "Le Souk" back in 1954.
It was here that Desmond also unveiled a spin-off of the then-red-hot
bossa nova groove that he called "bossa antigua" (a sardonic play-on-words meaning "old thing"), which laid the ground for Desmond's
next album and a few more later in the decade. Jim Hall now gets
plenty of room to stretch out, supported by Connie Kay's gently
dropped bombs, and he is the perfect understated swinging foil for
the wistful altoist. There is not a single track here that isn't loaded with
ingeniously worked out, always melodic ideas. Now Take Ten finally
gets the audiophile treatment it deserves, with this 180gram reissue,
mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman. Each copy
of this limited edition release is numbered with a gold foil stamp.1. Take Ten
2. El Prince
3. Alone Together
5. Theme From Black Orpheus
7. Samba De Orpheu
8. The One I Love (Belongs To Somebody Else)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take Ten (Speakers Corner)
No, not Take Five but Take Ten is the title of this LP and its very first number. Certainly this should 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 colouring 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 favourites 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.
RCA's recording and reproduction technology was ahead of its time. The music of these South-American-sounding gems comes out of the loudspeakers with brilliance, clarity and - at last - without the frustrating crackle of a second-hand LP.
- Paul Desmond (alto saxophone)
- Jim Hall (guitar)
- Gene Cherico, Gene Wright (bass)
- Connie Kay (drums)
Recording: 1963 in Webster Hall, New York, by Ray Hall
Production: George Avakian
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Take Ten
2. El Prince
3. Alone Together
5. Theme from ''Black Orpheus''
6. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
7. Samba de Orfeu
8. The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now