Gerry Mulligan Quartet – Dream a Little Dream {TELARC}


Review by Scott Yanow (allmusic.com)

Baritonist Gerry Mulligan had at the time of this recording been a jazz giant for 45 years. His slightly bubbly baritone sound has always been distinctive and he never had difficulty jamming with anyone. In the 1990s Mulligan’s regular trio has been comprised of pianist Ted Rosenthal, bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent. The sidemen work together very well on this quartet date (Bill Mays fills in for Rosenthal on two songs) and form a solid foundation for Mulligan to float over. The baritonist performs a variety of superior standards such as “Home,” “They Say It’s Wonderful,” and “My Shining Hour,” revives “My Funny Valentine”; he also revisits a few of his originals (including “Walking Shoes” and “Song for Strayhorn”). This is a fine example of Gerry Mulligan’s playing.

Tracks:
01 – Nobody Else But Me
02 – Home (When Shadows Fall)
03 – Dream a Little Dream
04 – I’ll Be Around
05 – They Say it’s Wonderful
06 – The Real Thing
07 – Noblesse
08 – Here’s That Rainy Day
09 – Georgia on My Mind
10 – My Funny Valentine
11 – As Close as Pages in a Book
12 – My Shining Hour
13 – Walking Shoes
14 – Song for Strayhorn

Personnel:
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
Ted Rosenthal – piano
Dean Johnson – bass
Ron Vincent – drums
*Special Guest: Bill Mays – piano

Recorded on April 14 & 29, 1994

Quality: eac, flac, cue, log, scans

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