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Bossa Antigua

Album: Bossa Antigua
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bossa Antigua
2)    Night Has a Thousand Eyes, The
3)    O Gato
4)    Samba Cantina
5)    Cura‡ao Doloroso
6)    Ship Without a Sail
7)    Alianca
8)    Girl From East 9th Street, The
9)    Night Has a Thousand Eyes, The - (alternate take)
10)    Samba Cepeda
11)    O Gato - (alternate take)
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • This 1999 reissue contains three bonus tracks not on the original release.
  • Personnel: Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Jim Hall (guitar); Eugene Wright, Gene Cherico (bass); Connie Kay (drums).
  • Personnel: Paul Desmond (alto saxophone); Connie Kay (drums).
  • Audio Remasterer: Joe Lopes.
  • Liner Note Authors: Paul Desmond; Doug Ramsey.
  • Recording information: Webster Hall, New York, NY (07/1964-08/1964).
  • Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
  • Bossa Antigua picks up the samba-based rim shots of drummer Connie Kay on Take Ten and tries to make a whole new record out of them. While the title track duplicates the original percolating groove of "El Prince," other tracks like "Samba Cantina" revert to a typical bossa nova rhythm of the period, which leads one to conclude that "bossa antigua" is merely whatever Desmond says it is. Of the album's two non-originals, "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," of course, is made-to-order for Desmond's wistful, sophisticated temperament, and he delivers exactly what a Desmond devotee would expect and love; and "A Ship Without a Sail" has some memorable off-the-cuff solo ideas. Jim Hall is around again to lend subtle rhythm support and low-key savvy in his solos, and like many Desmond companions of this period, he makes a fine sparring partner in the contrapuntal exchanges. The Brubeck Quartet's Gene Wright again lends a sturdy hand on bass. The playing is wonderful throughout, though just missing the full-throttle inspiration of Take Ten. ~ Richard S. Ginell
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (12/99, p.153) - "...The interplay between [Jim] Hall and Desmond is always great, but the unhurried elegance of BOSSA ANTIGUA is special even for this great team. Three fine alternate takes enhance this very desirable release."
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