Bossa Antigua is an album recorded by American jazz saxophonist Paul Desmond featuring performances recorded in 1964 which were released on the RCA Victor label. The album title is a kind of pun: Bossa Antigua ("old thing") in contrast to the popular musical genre Bossa Nova ("the new thing"). However Antigua is a proper pronoun, naming the island that is paired with Bermuda. The word for ‘old’ is ‘antigo’ in Portuguese, a cognate maybe of Antigua.
Album · 1963 · 11 Songs. Paul Desmond Quartet. Cannonball's Bossa Nova. The Complete Savoy & Dial Master Takes.
Paul Desmond Bossa Antigua Jazz Album. Song List: 1. Bossa Antigua 2. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes 3. O Gato 4. Samba Cantina 5. Curacao Doloroso 6. Ship Without A Sail 7. Alianca 8. The Girl From East 9th Street 9. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes Alternate Take 10. Samba Cepeda 11. O Gato Alternate Take.
On bass is the jovial presence of Eugene Wright, without whom the entire Brubeck operation would grind to a halt in a matter of hours. The term bossa antigua (it means, or at least it should, "old thing," as opposed to "new thing") began as a slightly rueful play on words because by the time I got around to doing a few bossa nova tunes on TAKE TEN it was several years after the first flash from Brazil and couldn't properly be called a new thing any. more. This album carries the term a step further, in that the rhythm on several tracks is a sort of skeletal bossa nova with various old-timey flavors added.
Paul Desmond is not especially known for bossa nova, but with Jim Hall on guitar, Connie Kay on drums, and five great bass layers on the various tracks, this album from 1964 is a joy. No one (except maybe Getz) could equal Desmond's suave handling of Latin jazz.
Paul Desmond - A Ship Without A Sail 06:19. Paul Desmond - Samba Cantina 05:38. Paul Desmond - Bossa Antigua 04:45. Paul Desmond - The Night Has a Thousand Eyes 05:07. Paul Desmond - O Gato 04:36. Paul Desmond - Curacao Doloroso 04:34. Paul Desmond - Alianca 04:33. Paul Desmond - The Girl from East 9th Street 06:16. Paul Desmond - The Night Has a Thousand Eyes 07:33. Paul Desmond - O Gato 04:56. Paul Desmond - Samba Cepeda 05:09. Paul Desmond - O Gato 04:37.
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