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|Gerry Mulligan||Primary Artist, Piano, Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone|
|Bob Brookmeyer||Valve Trombone|
|Gene Quill||Clarinet, Alto Saxophone|
|Bob Donovan||Alto Saxophone|
|Jimmy Reider||Tenor Saxophone|
|Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band||Track Performer|
|Nat Hentoff||Liner Notes|
|Hollis King||Art Direction|
|Bryan Koniarz||Producer, Reissue Producer|
Posted February 4, 2011
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.
Posted October 1, 2010
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.