Gerry Mulligan – Night Lights {PHILIPS}

Review by Scott Yanow (

This is a rather relaxed recording featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan and some of his top alumni (trumpeter Art Farmer, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Dave Bailey) exploring three of his own songs (including “Festive Minor”), Chopin’s Prelude in E minor, “In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning,” and “Morning of the Carnival” (from Black Orpheus). The emphasis is on ballads and nothing too innovative occurs, but the results are pleasing and laid-back.

01 – Night Lights (1963 Version)
02 – Morning of the Carnival [From “Black Orpheus”] (Manha de Carnaval)
03 – In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
04 – Prelude in E Minor
05 – Festival Minor
06 – Tell Me When
07 – Night Lights (1965 Version)

Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone and piano
Jim Hall – guitar
Bill Crow – bass
Dave Bailey – drums
Art Farmer – trumpet and fluegelhorn
Bob Brookmeyer – trombone

Recorded September, 1963 (1-6); and October, 1965 (7)

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Gerry Mulligan Quartet – Dream a Little Dream {TELARC}

Review by Scott Yanow (

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.

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

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

Recorded on April 14 & 29, 1994

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Dave Brubeck Quartet feat. Gerry Mulligan – Last Set At Newport {Atlantic}

Review by Scott Yanow (

The Dave Brubeck-Gerry Mulligan quartet is heard in a very inspired performance at the Newport Jazz Festival, just a short time before a riot by the audience closed the festival. These versions of “Take Five” and “Open the Gates” are memorable, but it is the extended “Blues for Newport” that is truly classic. Mulligan and Brubeck (backed by bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson) constantly challenge each other during this exciting performance, making this set well-worth searching for.

01 – Introduction by Father Norman O’Connor
02 – Blues for Newport
03 – Take Five
04 – Open the Gates (Out of the Way of the People)

Dave Brubeck – piano
Gerry Mulligan – baritone sax
Alan Dawson – drums
Jack Six – bass

Recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival on July 3, 1971.

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Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster {Verve}[MFSL]

Review by Cub Koda (

The swing and bop start right here on this legendary 1959 session between baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and tenor man Ben Webster. The opening track, Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge,” is lush and emotional and truly sets the tone for this album. With Jimmy Rowles on piano (his intro on “Sunday” sounds like a ragtimer like Willie “The Lion” Smith just pushed him off the stool before the band came in), Mel Lewis on drums, and always superb Leroy Vinnegar on bass present and accounted for, the rhythm section is superbly swinging with just the right amount of bop lines and chords in the mix to spice things up. The ghost of Duke Ellington hovers over every note on this record (Billy Strayhorn was one of his main arrangers), and that is a very good thing indeed. There’s a beautiful understated quality to the music on this session that makes it the perfect “relaxing around the house on a rainy day” disc to pop in the player. File this one under cool, very smooth, and supple.

01 – Chelsea Bridge.flac
02 – The Cat Walk.flac
03 – Sunday.flac
04 – Who’s Got Rhythm_.flac
05 – Tell me When.flac
06 – Go Home.flac

Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
Ben Webster – tenor saxophone
Jimmy Rowles – piano
Mel Lewis – drums
Leroy Vinnegar – bass

Recorded Nov. 3 / Dec. 2, 1959 at Radio Recorders, LA.

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Gerry Mulligan meets Scott Hamilton – Soft Lights & Sweet Music {Concord}[MFSL]

Review by Scott Yanow (

Starting in the late ’50s, Gerry Mulligan recorded a series of encounters with fellow saxophonists that included such immortals as Stan Getz, Paul Desmond, Johnny Hodges and Ben Webster. In 1986 he resumed the practice for this one date on which his baritone is matched with the tenor of the young great Scott Hamilton. The music, which includes warm ballads and fairly hot romps (five of the seven songs are Mulligan originals), consistently swing and are quite enjoyable.

01 – Soft Lights and Sweet Music
02 – Gone
03 – Do You Know What I See?
04 – I’ve Just Seen Her
05 – Noblesse
06 – Ghosts
07 – Port of Baltimore

Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
Scott Hamilton – tenor saxophone
Mike Renzi – piano
Jay Leonhart – bass
Grady Tate – drums

Recorded at Penny Lane Studios, New York City; January 1986

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