Gerry Mulligan Modern Sounds
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- Released: June 9, 2008
- Label: DRG
- 3.Four Mothers
- 4.Over the Rainbow
- 6.Sam and the Lady
- 7.Westwood Walk
- 8.A Ballad
- 9.Walkin' Shoes
- 11.Takin' a Chance on Love
- 13.Simbah - (previously unreleased)
- 14.Ontet - (previously unreleased)
Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone, piano); Art Pepper, Bud Shank (alto saxophone); Jimmy Giuffre (tenor saxophone); Don Davidson (baritone saxophone); Chet Baker , Pete Candoli, Shorty Rogers (trumpet); John Graas (French horn); Bob Enevoldsen (valve trombone); Gene England, Ray Siegel (tuba); Hampton Hawes (piano); Chico Hamilton, Larry Bunker, Shelly Manne (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Allen Silverman.
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: 10/08/1951-01/31/1953.
Photographer: William Claxton.
Arrangers: Gerry Mulligan; Jimmy Giuffre; Shorty Rogers.
Mention the style "cool jazz" to a music fan and most likely their first thought will be of Chet Baker or Dave Brubeck. All well and good, but there was a cat who came before them who actually laid the groundwork for the style. That was Gerry Mulligan, the baritone saxophonist, arranger, and composer whose original piano-less quartet introduced Baker to the world, and who was also present at the early Miles Davis BIRTH OF THE COOL sessions. Mulligan's baritone playing itself featured a big, burly sound that managed to be dexterous and supple too. On this '50s-era reissue, MODERN SOUNDS, Mulligan leads his larger group Ten-Tette through sharp, witty arrangements and relaxed swing (credit drummer Chico Hamilton), along with concise solos (Baker, Bud Shank) and timeless cool.
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