Personnel includes: Gerry Mulligan (arranger, baritone saxophone, piano);
Bob Brookmeyer (arranger, trombone); Al Cohn, Johnny Mandel (arranger);
Gene Quill (alto saxophone, clarinet); Bob Donovan (alto saxophone); Jim Reider (tenor saxophone); Gene Allen (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet);
Don Ferrara, Clark terry, Nick Travis (trumpet); Willie Dennis, Alan Ralph (trombone); Bill Crow (bass); Mel Lewis (drums).
Recorded in 1960 at The Village Vanguard, New York, New York. Includes liner notes by Nat Hentoff.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (saxophone, baritone saxophone, piano); Gene Quill (clarinet, alto saxophone); Bob Donovan (alto saxophone); Jimmy Reider (tenor saxophone); Clark Terry, Don Ferrara, Nick Travis (trumpet); Allen Ralph, Willie Dennis (trombone); Bob Brookmeyer (valve trombone); Mel Lewis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Nat Hentoff.
Recording information: Village Vanguard, NY (12/1960).
Arrangers: Gerry Mulligan; Johnny Mandel; Al Cohn; Bob Brookmeyer.
Of all the recordings made by Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band in the 1960s, this is the definitive one. There are many high points, including "Body and Soul" (which has fine solos from the baritone/leader and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer), "Come Rain or Come Shine," and the swinging "Let My People Be," but "Blueport" takes honors. On the latter, after hot solos by Mulligan, trombonist Willie Dennis, and Jim Reider on tenor, Mulligan and trumpeter Clark Terry have a lengthy trade-off that is quite hilarious with a countless number of quotes from different songs; at one point they trade off cities. This music is essential. ~ Scott Yanow