Despite being nominal second banana, the most distinctive sound in the Dave Brubeck Quartet no doubt belonged to alto saxophonist Paul Desmond, whose mellow tone is a virtual personification of cool. A similarly relaxed vibe pervades on this awkwardly titled Lp (an early Warner Brothers release) with able help from MJQ’s rhythm section (them again!) and contrast to Desmond’s day job provided by guitarist Jim Hall.
When I first picked this up at Sue Ryder in Sandwich, I put it back for being too beat up. I retrieved it and decided on closer inspection that it just needed a good wash; and while the sound quality might not be as good as I’d hoped (esp. for £2), it’s certainly much better than I feared.