I just want to put in another good word for this album. I've owned it on vinyl since it came out in the mid 70's and it's always been one of my irreplaceable treasures. To have it available again in this significantly improved reissue is a great joy. The sound on this cd gives full voice to Don Thompson's bass and also gives richer presence to Ed Bickert's incredible guitar.
Paul Desmond's tone, obviously, has always been to die for, but it's even better here with this digital remastering. He's never sounded better, to my ear, than he does in this live club setting where he can really stretch out. He plays chorus after chorus of inspired, lyrical, beautiful, impossible improvisation, putting his lifetime of experience behind every note. The first two tunes especially, Wendy and Wave show him at his best, but really they're all great.
This is one of my favorite albums; in fact, yes, it's one of my "desert island" discs. If you like Paul Desmond at all you have to get this. You'll be more than delighted.