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Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet
     

Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet

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by Paul Desmond
 

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This is the first recorded collaboration of baritone saxophone great Gerry Mulligan and the witty alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. Despite hardly any preparation for these recording sessions, the two men complement one another's playing beautifully, as both of them were highly melodic improvisers. Desmond brought three originals to the sessions: the driving "Blues in

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This is the first recorded collaboration of baritone saxophone great Gerry Mulligan and the witty alto saxophonist Paul Desmond. Despite hardly any preparation for these recording sessions, the two men complement one another's playing beautifully, as both of them were highly melodic improvisers. Desmond brought three originals to the sessions: the driving "Blues in Time," the soft ballad "Wintersong" (which is based on the chord changes to "These Foolish Things"), and "Battle Hymn of the Republican" (which is actually a complex reworking of "Tea for Two"). Mulligan's contributions include his earlier hit "Line for Lyons," "Stand Still" (based on "My Heart Stood Still"), and the Latin-tinged "Fall Out" (taken from "Let's Fall in Love"). Bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Dave Bailey provide excellent rhythmic support throughout this highly recommended LP.

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Release Date:
11/16/1993
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451985027
catalogNumber:
519850
Rank:
106332

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Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
The interplay and complementary interaction/counterpoint between Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond is remarkable on this album - particularly given the fact that it's been documented that they had little rehearsal time. Something about these sessions inspired Gerry to play at the top of his always fine form. As to Desmond - if you've only heard him in the confines of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, then you haven't heard his best work. This is at least among his very best recordings. There are a few instances where you can tell both horn men are waiting on the other to act next - but this is likely more evident to musicians. A little more practice before laying down the tunes would have smoothed that out - but may have killed the spontaniety that makes this album so absolutely delightful. Recorded at two sessions in August, 1957 - one in Los Angeles and one in New York, it was originally released on Verve #8246 as Gerry Mulligan-Paul Desmond Quartet. It was first reissued in 1963 as "Blues In Time" on Verve #8478. This CD reissue adds 3 tracks that were previously unissued. It's always nice to find another gem from one of your favorite musicians - and that is certainly the case here for me. This is highly recommended cool "West Coast" small group jazz from the 1950's. An easy 5 star rating.