This Giants of Jazz volume collects a number of the finest early sides cut for RCA by Paul Desmond with Jim Hall, who played together on and off until Desmond's death from cancer in 1975. The Victor recordings are varied, featuring sides cut with small groups, duets, and large groups with strings. There isn't anything here that isn't worth listening to but, that said, there are far better collections, from Desmond Blue to his l970s sides for CTI that pair the two in much more interesting circumstances than these.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek