Down Beat - 1/95, p.453.5 Stars
- Good Plus - "Gerry Mulligan's gift for melodic improvisation is glowingly displayed in this set of familiar tunes....he remains as graceful as ever."
Gerry Mulligan Quartet: Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Ted Rosenthal, Bill Mays (piano); Dean Johnson (bass); Ron Vincent (drums).
Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Ted Rosenthal, Bill Mays (piano); Ron Vincent (drums).
Audio Mixer: Michael Bishop .
Liner Note Author: Gerry Mulligan.
Recording information: Clinton Recording Studios, Stud (04/14/1994-04/29/1994).
Editor: Michael Bishop .
Illustrator: Eric Fowler.
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. ~ Scott Yanow