Gerry Mulligan: Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Big Band feat. Zoot Sims
Zoot Sims’ mercurial yet fiery tenor sax solo on Mulligan’s “Apple Core” is simply mind-boggling while students of jazz drumming should deem this recording as required subject matter thanks to Mel Lewis’ brilliant drumming. If you want a glimpse of a master drummer, than this release should be considered mandatory. Lewis could swing with the best of them, yet knew when to soften his touch, turn up the heat and apply the appropriate dynamics without becoming obtrusive or dominant. Basically, his drumming is near flawless and executed in such a way, that you hardly notice his presence at times!
Without further ado or additional commotion, this thoroughly swinging new release is essential listening and a must for one’s jazz library. Mulligan’s “Concert Jazz Big Band” didn’t garner all of the attention they should have, but 40 years later the artist’s vision and jazz ideologies still sound remarkably fresh and moderately innovative. * * * * 1/2
1) Utter Chaos (Mulligan) 2) You Took Advantage Of Me (Rodgers/Hart) 3) Black Nightgown (Johnny Mandel) 4) Motel (Mulligan) 5) Walkin'
Gerry Mulligan; Baritone Sax: Conte Candoli; Trumpet: Nick Travis; Trumpet: Don Ferrara; Trumpet: zoot Sims; Tenor Sax: Bob Donovan; Alto Sax: Gene Quill; Clarinet & Alto Sax: Jim Reider; Tenor Sax: Gene Allan; Clarinet & Baritone Sax: Bob Brookmeyer; Valve-Trombone: Willie Dennis; Trombone: Alan Raph; Bass-Trombone: Buddy Clark; Bass: Mel Lewis; Drums.
Record Label: TCB Music
Style: Big Band