- Released: March 18, 1996
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.Night Lights - (1963 version)
- 2.Morning Of The Carnival - (from "Black Orpheus")
- 3.In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
- 4.Prelude In E-Minor
- 5.Festival Minor
- 6.Tell Me When
- 7.Night Lights - (1965 version)
Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (clarinet, baritone saxophone, piano); Jim Hall, Jon Gray (guitar); Art Farmer (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bob Brookmeyer (trumpet, trombone); Pete Jolly (piano); Dave Bailey , Hal Blaine (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Gert VanHoeyen.
Liner Note Author: Willis Conover.
Recording information: Nola Studios, New York, NY (09/12/1963-10/03/1963).
Unknown Contributor Role: Gerry Mulligan.
NIGHT LIGHTS isn't your typical Gerry Mulligan session, the music somewhat warmer than is usually the case for this musician. "Night Lights" itself is a beautiful mood piece with the leader providing the hauntingly simple theme on piano himself. (An added CD bonus is the inclusion of another version from 1965 on which Mulligan takes the lead on clarinet.) The inclusion of "Morning Of The Carnival" from BLACK ORPHEUS also gives the session a Brazilian-cum-classical feeling as does the straightforward adaptation of Chopin's "Prelude In E Minor." As to be expected, guitarist Jim Hall, trumpeter Art Farmer, and trombonist Bob Brookmeyer all provide sterling support, with the trombonist excelling on the bossa nova numbers. This is Easy Listening with some heft.