Making Whoopee (Ita)


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Review Text Although this has been issued under altoist Paul Desmond's name, six lengthy titles (clocking in between 8:15 and an 18:14 with a version of "Take the 'A' Train") feature Desmond with the Dave Brubeck Quartet during a pair of February 1958 concerts. Although the recording quality is merely average, the previously unreleased music finds the group (which also includes bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Joe Morello) in superior form; the lengthy solos of Desmond and Brubeck are quite inventive and often brilliant. However, it is the final two titles that are most unusual, for Desmond is heard in January 1950 on a couple of brief tracks with drummer Jack Sheedy's hot combo. While "The Man I Love" has a little bit of Desmond alto (along with vibraphonist Cuz Cousineau), "Down in Honky Tonk Town" (which has some prominent trumpet from Jack Minger) is pure Dixieland and finds Desmond taking a half-chorus on clarinet. These are his earliest solos on record. So overall, although the release is obscure, it is a real must for Paul Desmond and Dave Brubeck fans. ~ Scott Yanow

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  1. 1. These Foolish Things - 9:25
  2. 2. St. Louis Blues - 13:05
  3. 3. Two Part Contention - 16:43
  4. 4. Take the 'A' Train - 18:20
  5. 5. Out of Nowhere - 10:50
  6. 6. These Foolish Things - 7:28
  7. 7. Man I Love - 3:49
  8. 8. Down in Honky Tonk Town - 2:29

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