The Three Baritone Saxophone Band: Plays Mulligan
With walking bass and brushes, "I Want To Live" offers a street-walking mood like that often seen in movies, where the starring character, wearing a trenchcoat and hat, lights up a cigarette and goes for an urban stroll, giving himself time to think over the story's plot. From the film of the same name, the piece is a feature for the expressive solo work of Ronnie Cuber. "Black Nightgown," from the same film and with a similar mood, is a feature piece for Nick Brignola. He is featured again on Mulligan's warm bossa "Theme For Jobim," which is performed cooly with appropriate rhythmic accompaniment from acoustic bassist Andy McKee and drummer Joe Farnsworth. Both McKee and Farnsworth provide solo jaunts, fours, and capable support for the baritone saxophone trio. Mulligan's relaxed "Walkin' Shoes" features Brignola and Smulyan trading choruses; "Lonesome Boulevard" and "Bernie's Tune" include solos from each of the saxophonists; and Cuber's composition "Waltz For Geraldus" rounds out the session with power and charm. One of the session's highlights is Mulligan's up-tempo "Five Brothers," which offers Smulyan's hottest solo, Brignola's contrasting rapid-fire answer, and Cuber's expressive follow-up. Recommended.
Track Listing: Line For Lyons; Blue Port; I Want To Live; Walkin' Shoes; Elevation; Black Nightgown; Bernie's Tune; Festive Minor; Theme For Jobim; Five Brothers; Lonesome Boulevard; Waltz for Geraldus.
Record Label: Dreyfus Records