One of my all time favorites. Doesn´t the picture convey an image of complete innocence? I guess the people at Fantasy thought about the cover to be a perfect visual analogy to Paul Desmond´s pure sound on the alto saxophone. Of all the cool players that emerged in the 50s on the West Coast Desmond to my ears was the only one really sounding cool or as some critic said, "Paul sounds like a dry Martini“. Just listen to „Sacre Blues“ for the coolest drink in jazz history! Paul Desmond who went on to play with the Dave Brubeck Quartet for more than 25 years never played better than on this record accompanied only by bass, drums and the wonderful mellophone sounds of Don Elliott who at times sounds like a musical incarnation of the elephant on the cover.
INSIDE THE COVER # 14 / 08/2014