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Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More

Read "Gerry Mulligan, Adam Price & More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

This week we begin with a profile of a the fresh jazz sounds out of the United Kingdom with The Beats and Pieces Big Band featuring the group's leader Ben Cottrell off their latest commemorative CD simply entitled Ten. It celebrates a full decade of their groundbreaking jazz groove. The hour continues with a mincing of both the old and the new, including legends like Billy May and Gerry Mulligan. The show continues with a highlight of ...

THE VINYL POST

Gerry Mulligan: The Emarcy Sextet Recordings

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While there are many reasons why the cool jazz movement on the west coast was a somewhat short-lived era, one of the key aspects of its quiet demise was the decidedly harder-edged music coming out of New York at about the same time period. Back around 1955, hard bop was making its ascendency and this might shed some light on how it's possible for the great music recorded by Gerry Mulligan's sextet to have been so blatantly ignored. Truth be ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

National Jazz Ensemble: Featuring Gerry Mulligan

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Any new CD whose cover proclaims “Featuring Gerry Mulligan" is guaranteed to turn heads, raise antennae and whip up interest. This one, on which Mulligan performs with the then-three-year-old National Jazz Ensemble, was recorded February 19, 1977, in a sold-out auditorium at the New School in New York City. In his liner notes, trumpeter David Berger expresses his regret that more than enough people to warrant a second concert (which couldn't be arranged) had to be turned away that evening. ...

REASSESSING

Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious Monk: Mulligan Meets Monk

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Gerry Mulligan & Thelonious MonkMulligan Meets MonkOJC2013 (1957) The beauty of the Concord Music Group's treasure trove of a catalog is that it will always provide material for the “Reassessing" column at All About Jazz and similar columns elsewhere. The newest round of re-releases celebrate the 60th anniversary of Riverside Records. Riverside Records was founded by Orrin Keepnews and Bill Grauer in 1953, remaining a major force in jazz recording in ...

EXTENDED ANALYSIS

Gerry Mulligan: Mosaic Select 21

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Gerry Mulligan Mosaic Select 21 Mosaic Records 2006

Gerry Mulligan is one of the greatest baritone saxophonists in the history of jazz, with a truly remarkable tone, sense of phrasing, and creativity. It's easy to overlook Mulligan's composing and arranging talents, but they too are of the highest caliber. This three-disc set offers several excellent examples of Mulligan's playing and writing skills.

These sessions, mainly from December of 1957, prove that Mulligan was willing ...

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Gerry Mulligan/Thelonious Monk: Mulligan Meets Monk

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Mulligan and Monk: what is their common ground? Certainly not the “Cool School West Coast pianoless groups of Mulligan and Baker. Nor do you think of the Lester Young-influenced Mulligan in the same sphere (pun intended) as some of Monk's preeminent sax players, like Johnny Griffin or John Coltrane.Perhaps it is their mutual love for the Swing Era. Tunes on Mulligan Meets Monk like “Sweet and Lovely and Mulligan's “Decidedly (based on Charlie Shavers' “Undecided ) are where ...

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Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band: Gerry Mulligan at the Village Vanguard

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Anyone who's ever complained that so-called “cool jazz" artists don't know how to swing should check out this one from Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. The 13-piece group was sure swinging hard one Sunday afternoon at the Village Vanguard in December 1960.

What sets this ensemble apart isn't so much the compositions (though they're a fine mix of standards and originals) or even the star quality of the soloists (though Mulligan, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer and others provide some memorable ...

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Gerry Mulligan Quartets: In Concert

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Gerry Mulligan’s pianoless quartet with Chet Baker is commonly cited as an early artistic apogee in the careers of both its frontline participants. Less widely lauded, Mulligan’s other quartet with valve trombonist/pianist Bob Brookmeyer, which followed on the heels of the Baker association, was every bit as creatively prosperous and this pair of concerts reissued by Pablo paints their sonic portrait in bold colors.

Both engagements were Norman Granz productions as part of his widely popular Jazz At the Philharmonic ...

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The Gerry Mulligan Quartet: Zurich 1962

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Another entry in TCB’s Swiss Radio Days series of concert performances by well–known Jazz artists, many of them from the U.S., taped for broadcast on Swiss Radio. For this date at Zurich’s Kongresshaus in October ’62, baritone maestro Gerry Mulligan’s quartet included young valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (now a 71–year–old elder statesman), bassist (and more recently best–selling author) Bill Crow and drummer Gus Johnson who passed away in February 2000. Although Mulligan’s quartets were for the most part pianoless, Brookmeyer ...

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Gerry Mulligan: The Art Of Gerry Mulligan: The Final Recordings

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Five years after his last album was recorded, Gerry Mulligan’s sound once again is being released by Telarc Jazz on a compilation of re-releases from his last albums. The Art Of Gerry Mulligan: The Final Recordings not only shows that Mulligan’s unparalleled talent for accessible improvisation remained intact, even as his health declined, but also suggests that his wide range of creative interests remained unpredictable.Musically curious throughout his lifetime, Mulligan didn’t find comfort in a niche from which ...

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Gerry Mulligan: Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Big Band feat. Zoot Sims

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The latest release from the excellent Swiss based “TCB” label and their “Swiss Radio Days” Series is Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Big Band – featuring Zoot Sims, recorded live in Zurich, Switzerland 1960. Aided by a surprisingly wonderful recording thanks to the then, state of the art audio equipment utilized for many of these performances, Mulligan’s – piano-less – and somewhat legendary Big Band would normally present a major challenge for an arranger. Ordinarily, the lack of a ...

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Gerry Mulligan: Mullenium

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Here’s baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan as big–band conductor/composer/arranger/player with his own ensemble and others led by Elliot Lawrence and Gene Krupa. These radiant sessions, recorded between 1946–57, show that Gerry was comfortably at home in any setting from pianoless quartet to full–fledged orchestra (big bands, in fact, were his early proving ground) and serve as a touching reminder of how much was lost when he left us in January 1996 at age 69. When Gerry arranged “How High the Moon” ...


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