Live at MCG

Live at MCG

by Billy Taylor
     
 
Billy Taylor was already in his early seventies and Gerry Mulligan not far behind when the pianist and baritone saxophonist performed together for the first time in a series of 1993 dates at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, PA. The two had been close friends for years, though, and their on-stage meeting has an aura of inevitability about it: there's a

Overview

Billy Taylor was already in his early seventies and Gerry Mulligan not far behind when the pianist and baritone saxophonist performed together for the first time in a series of 1993 dates at the Manchester Craftsmen's Guild in Pittsburgh, PA. The two had been close friends for years, though, and their on-stage meeting has an aura of inevitability about it: there's a symbiotic relationship at work here from the first moments that only grows tighter as the program moves along. By this time, each musician had half a century of experience behind him, accustomed to working in any number of diverse configurations, but together they keep things loose and easy here, not looking to prove anything to anyone -- only to enjoy each other's company. Working with drummer Carl Allen and bassist Chip Jackson, Mulligan and Taylor largely stick with the standards, playing them straight-ahead and unadorned, yet injecting each with a sense of tenderness and integrity. There's a palpable sense of mutual respect as they trade riffs on tunes that, in less capable hands, would just sound old and tired. Duke Ellington's "Come Sunday," Johnny Mercer's "Laura," and the classic "Body and Soul" are all spacious and bluesy, Taylor bringing a moodiness to it that Mulligan is all too happy to feed off. The opening "Stompin' at the Savoy" is a chipper, midtempo romp setting a good-time mood that never dissipates, and the set's two originals, Taylor's "Capricious" and Mulligan's "Line for Lyons," are dramatic swingers that give the band and its soloists a chance to open up and blow, without getting carried away. Mulligan only had a little more than two years left, and although he and Taylor never left more of a mark as partners, it's a good thing that this superb, thoroughly enjoyable document survives.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2007
Label:
Mcg Jazz
UPC:
0612262102523
catalogNumber:
1025

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Billy Taylor   Primary Artist,Piano
Gerry Mulligan   Baritone Saxophone
Carl Allen   Drums
Chip Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar

Technical Credits

Gerry Mulligan   Arranger,Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Chick Webb   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Jay Ashby   Producer,Audio Production
Marty Ashby   Producer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer,Audio Production
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Jesse Greer   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Billy Taylor   Arranger,Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra   Composer
Jay Dudt   Engineer
George Heid   Engineer
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Jeff O.Brien Myers   Cover Art
Renee Govanucci   Audio Production
James Hanley   Composer

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