Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone); Allen Eager (tenor saxophone); Max McElroy (baritone saxophone); Jerry Hurwitz, Nick Travis (trumpet); Ollie Wilson (trombone); George Wallington (piano); Phil Leshin (bass); Walter Bolden (drums); Gail Madden (maracas).
Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio, Hackensack, New Jersey on August 27, 1951. Originally released on Prestige (7006). Includes liner notes by Ira Gitler and Les Davis.
Digitally remastered by Joe Tarantino (1982, Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Gerry Mulligan's first session as a leader and one of the first to showcase his baritone was recorded in New York shortly before he relocated to Los Angeles and formed his famous pianoless quartet with Chet Baker. There is a piano on this set (George Wallington) but Mulligan's writing (all seven selections are his) for a two-baritone nonet that also features trumpeter Nick Travis and tenor-saxophonist Allan Eager is already in his influential "cool style"; best-known among the originals is "Bweebida Bwobbida." Two numbers on the CD reissue feature a smaller unit out of the group with "Mulligan's Too" being an extended workout for the leader and Eager. ~ Scott Yanow
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