Dragon Fly

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On what was probably Gerry Mulligan's last studio album recorded less than a year before his death, the great baritonist is heard still in prime form. He contributed all ten compositions and the emphasis is on lyricism and slower tempoes; only three songs are taken above a medium pace. There are fine cameos by Grover Washington Jr. on tenor and soprano during the first two numbers, cornetist Warren Vache and trumpeter Ryan Kisor. In addition, guitarist John Scofield and vibraphonist Dave Samuels who both played with Jeru in the 1970's are on many of the tracks and pianist Dave Grusin is on some although there is no identification as to which songs. A five-piece brass ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
On what was probably Gerry Mulligan's last studio album recorded less than a year before his death, the great baritonist is heard still in prime form. He contributed all ten compositions and the emphasis is on lyricism and slower tempoes; only three songs are taken above a medium pace. There are fine cameos by Grover Washington Jr. on tenor and soprano during the first two numbers, cornetist Warren Vache and trumpeter Ryan Kisor. In addition, guitarist John Scofield and vibraphonist Dave Samuels who both played with Jeru in the 1970's are on many of the tracks and pianist Dave Grusin is on some although there is no identification as to which songs. A five-piece brass section was overdubbed on a later occasion. But even with the guests, the focus is generally on Gerry Mulligan and his longtime quartet. The music is thoughtful and tasteful although it is doubtful if any of the tunes will ever catch on as standards. This is a tasteful if not quite essential final effort by Mulligan, who seems to have ended his very important career quite peacefully.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/24/1995
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408337727
  • Catalog Number: 83377
  • Sales rank: 102,973

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry Mulligan Primary Artist, Baritone Saxophone
Ted Rosenthal Piano
John Scofield Guitar
Warren Vaché Cornet
Ryan Kisor Trumpet
Dave Grusin Piano
Dean Johnson Bass
David Samuels Vibes
Ron Vincent Drums
Grover Washington Jr. Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Gerry Mulligan Composer
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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    The Last Mulligan Sessions

    I had always avoided the old age recordings of my jazz heroes. But I'm glad I gave Gerry Mulligan a chance. Dragonfly is a total delight, and although he was in his last months of life, Mulligan shines with his always rhythmic, always appropriate improvisational phrases. His writing and arranging is, as usual, impeccably done. This was the first time I heard Grover Washington Jr. on tenor sax and I gained a new respect for his work. Dave Gruisin contributes very tasty piano fills and solos. John Scofield on guitar and Dave Samuels on vibes contribute nicely. This CD has over an hour of great cool jazz that should be appreciated by anyone interested - and should be added to the collections of all Mulligan fans. (The preceeding is my original review published elsewhere in 2007. Glad someone thought it worth plagiarizing).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jeru's Last Album

    Until recently, I had avoided the old-age work of my jazz heroes. There was no reason to avoid this great album from Gerry Mulligan - who wrote all the tunes here. He is quite a bit more accomplished here than he was on "The Birth of The Cool" sessions, for instance. This is the first time I had heard Grover Washington Jr. on tenor sax and I developed a renewed appreciation for this sax man. Dave Grusin on piano and other jazz notables sit in with Gerry's quartet. If you enjoy cool jazz, you'll enjoy this fine effort. If you're a Mulligan fan, you should really add this to your collection.

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