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Gerry Mulligan: 1927-1996

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I vividly recall when I first heard Gerry Mulligan: it was a 45 rpm record from Pacific Jazz, a California company, and the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, with Chet Baker, was playing Bernie’s Tune (click “Preview All” at the link to hear a bit). It was so cool that even I could tell. Wonderful new sounds, called (my friend told me) West Coast Jazz. This was about 1954, with the record recorded in 1952, when he was 25. The Quartet’s other personnel were Bob Whitlock on bass and Chico Hamilton on drums—no piano. You can still get (on 2 CD’s) the 42 tracks recorded by this first quartet. Great stuff.

Here’s a later quartet (Gerry, Art Farmer on trumpet, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums) playing in 1959, when Gerry was 32:

BTW, I highly recommend Bill Crow’s wonderful book Jazz Anecdotes, if you enjoy jazz. Extremely interesting and entertaining.

Written by Leisureguy

1 December 2007 at 10:00 am

Posted in Daily life

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