Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond Quartet

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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". Mulligan was clearly annoyed when told that three unissued tracks "Tea for Two," "Lover," and an alternate take of "Wintersong" had been added to the CD reissue, but was clearly amused at the accidental and unlisted first take of "Lover," which falls apart after a minute-and-a-half and is followed by some discussion. Bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Dave Bailey provide excellent rhythmic support throughout this highly recommended CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1993
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731451985027
  • Catalog Number: 519850
  • Sales rank: 5,573

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blues In Time - Paul Desmond Quartet (9:04)
  2. 2 Body And Soul - Paul Desmond Quartet (9:41)
  3. 3 Stand Still - Paul Desmond Quartet (3:28)
  4. 4 Line For Lyons - Paul Desmond Quartet (3:08)
  5. 5 Wintersong-Take 1 - Paul Desmond Quartet (7:00)
  6. 6 Battle Hymn Of The Republican - Paul Desmond Quartet (7:46)
  7. 7 Fall Out - Paul Desmond Quartet (5:52)
  8. 8 Tea For Two - Paul Desmond Quartet (8:01)
  9. 9 Wintersong-Take 2 - Paul Desmond Quartet (8:12)
  10. 10 Lover - Paul Desmond Quartet (6:59)
  11. 11 [Untitled Track] - Paul Desmond Quartet (2:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Desmond Primary Artist, Alto Saxophone
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Dave Bailey Drums
Joe Benjamin Bass
Technical Credits
Paul Desmond Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes
Phil Schaap Remastering
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Harvey Pekar Liner Notes
Giulio Turturro Art Direction
Burt Goldblatt Cover Photo
Merle Shore Art Direction
Bill Claxton Cover Photo
E. Smith Composer
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  • Posted February 4, 2011

    Inspired Collaboration Of Two Great Saxophonists

    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.

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