Saturday, 18 June 2011

All The Things You Are

Music by Jerome Kern 1939
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II 1939

This recording is from the album "Two Of A Mind" by Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan. They really seem to be playing with a telepathic link between them here, effortlessly weaving melody and counter melody to make four instruments sound like a lot more.  Desmond was known for his slow, quiet and understated playing style, being referred to as "the swinging introvert", but what is evident is that in his improvisation he does not waste a single note.  His light and relaxed tone (which he described as sounding like a dry martini) manages to blend in perfectly with Mulligans warm and rougher baritone, and help to make this unique pairing even more memorable.

Paul Desmond: alto saxophone

Gerry Mulligan: baritone saxophone
Wendell Marshall: bass
Connie Kay: drums

Time and again I've longed for adventure,
Something to make my heart beat the faster,
What did I long for? I never really knew,
Finding your love I've found my adventure,
Touching your hand, my heart beats the faster,
All that I want in all of this world is you,

You are the promised kiss of springtime,
That makes the lonely winter seem long,

You are the breathless hush of evening,
That trembles on the brink of a lovely song,

You are the angel glow that lights a star,
The dearest things I know are what you are,

Some day my happy arms will hold you,
And some day I'll know that moment divine,
When all the things you are, are mine!

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