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Concert Jazz Band Live at the Village Vanguard
     

Concert Jazz Band Live at the Village Vanguard

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by Gerry Mulligan
 
It is puzzling to understand why so many of the Verve recordings by Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band languish out of print, but this historic 1960 engagement at the Village Vanguard was finally reissued (though on a limited basis for only three years) in the spring of 2002. With a powerful band full of

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It is puzzling to understand why so many of the Verve recordings by Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band languish out of print, but this historic 1960 engagement at the Village Vanguard was finally reissued (though on a limited basis for only three years) in the spring of 2002. With a powerful band full of strong soloists (Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Clark Terry, and Willie Dennis, to name just a few), a solid rhythm section, and imaginative arrangements by either Mulligan, Brookmeyer, Al Cohn, or Johnny Mandel, this release has stood the test of time very well. Cohn's treatment of Art Farmer's "Blueport" kicks the band into high gear, with potent solos by Mulligan and the now overlooked tenor saxophonist Jim Reider. Brookmeyer's richly textured scoring of "Body and Soul" is very refreshing, while the lush ballad "Come Rain or Come Shine" is a Mulligan chart featuring the leader's mellow baritone sax. Terry's almost vocal muted trumpet solo steals the show in Mulligan's closing blues, "Let My People Be," which features the leader on piano. Don't put off buying this limited-edition reissue or you'll find yourself scouring auction lists to pay a hefty price for this highly recommended CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/07/2002
Label:
Universal I.S.
UPC:
0731458948827
catalogNumber:
5894882
Rank:
50802

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerry Mulligan   Primary Artist,Piano,Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Brookmeyer   Valve Trombone
Mel Lewis   Drums
Willie Dennis   Trombone
Gene Quill   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Bill Crow   Bass
Bob Donovan   Alto Saxophone
Don Ferrara   Trumpet
Allen Ralph   Trombone
Jimmy Reider   Tenor Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Bob Brookmeyer   Arranger
Gerry Mulligan   Arranger
Cohn   Arranger
Nat Hentoff   Liner Notes
Johnny Mandel   Arranger
Hollis King   Art Direction
Bryan Koniarz   Producer,Reissue Producer
William Crow   Composer

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Concert Jazz Band Live at the Village Vanguard 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
The Concert Jazz Band was not your usual big band. Tight, with well-done arrangements very well rehearsed and performed. At one point Gerry worked with what he called a "tentet" - this is kind of an outgrowth of that instrumentation. Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and of course Gerry Mulligan are at the top of their form here. Also try to find "Concert Jazz Band On Tour" (with Zoot Sims) which has had at least one reissue cycle on CD. There's also a live Paris recording of this group now available, which features Zoot as a guest soloist as well as a CD reissue of a Swedish tour with this usually piano-less big band. I bought all the original Verve CJB albums on vinyl when I was learning to play tenor sax. Used to love to try to swing along with Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan. Gerry put together a ten member group in 1992 to re-record the "Birth of the Cool" music. Called "Re-Birth Of The Cool" it was recently available on the GRP label as a CD. This is very worthwhile as well - as are the original sessions (with Miles Davis) from 1949. Phil Woods plays superbly on alto in place of Lee Konitz on the newer "Birth". Wallace Roney plays a commendable trumpet, and I think I like Mulligan's work as much or more in his old age as in his 20's.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you dig big band jazz, you owe it to yourself to give Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band a listen. This group featured some of the best sidemen of the early 1960's, along with the genius of Mulligan himself. Any of the Verve label discs (or the reissues) are worthy.