Mulligan's Music/Progressive Jazz

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Foremost among the British big-band leaders, Vic Lewis enthusiastically embraced bop, cool jazz, and other forms of post-swing jazz. Inspired by Stan Kenton and Kenton's saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, Lewis billed his orchestra with the less than humble tagline "The Music of Tomorrow by the Band of Today." The second of these two albums, 1955's live set Progressive Jazz, is a small milestone of U.K. jazz recordings, popularizing charts by Kenton and Mulligan alongside a number of similarly cool and cerebral band originals like Lewis' Afro-Cuban-tinged "Natal." But it's the first one, 1954's Mulligan's Music, that's possibly more interesting for the modern listener. Recorded ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Foremost among the British big-band leaders, Vic Lewis enthusiastically embraced bop, cool jazz, and other forms of post-swing jazz. Inspired by Stan Kenton and Kenton's saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, Lewis billed his orchestra with the less than humble tagline "The Music of Tomorrow by the Band of Today." The second of these two albums, 1955's live set Progressive Jazz, is a small milestone of U.K. jazz recordings, popularizing charts by Kenton and Mulligan alongside a number of similarly cool and cerebral band originals like Lewis' Afro-Cuban-tinged "Natal." But it's the first one, 1954's Mulligan's Music, that's possibly more interesting for the modern listener. Recorded shortly after Mulligan's release from jail on drug charges, this set consists of Mulligan's own arrangements of his own original tunes as realized by Lewis and his sympathetic orchestra. It's no Birth of the Cool, but a similarly hip vibe permeates these big-band settings of previously small-combo tunes like 1952's "Nights at the Turntable." Mulligan was mostly working with small groups during this period, and it's interesting to hear more fully realized arrangements of these familiar tunes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • Label: Dutton Labs Uk
  • UPC: 765387810320
  • Catalog Number: 8103

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bweebida Bobbida (3:32)
  2. 2 Nights at the Turntable (2:52)
  3. 3 Westwood Walk (2:55)
  4. 4 Sextet (2:35)
  5. 5 Bark for Barksdale (2:54)
  6. 6 Limelight (2:51)
  7. 7 Walkin' Shoes (2:35)
  8. 8 Line for Lyons (2:35)
  9. 9 Happy Hornblower (2:35)
  10. 10 Night and Day (3:41)
  11. 11 Intermisssion Rock (2:34)
  12. 12 Natal (2:49)
  13. 13 Intro (0:25)
  14. 14 Swinghouse (3:19)
  15. 15 Chino (2:23)
  16. 16 Star Eyes (4:02)
  17. 17 Coup de Graas (2:54)
  18. 18 Duo (3:02)
  19. 19 Bark for Barksdale (3:55)
  20. 20 Dancing in the Dark - John Lewis (2:31)
  21. 21 Short Stop (2:29)
  22. 22 The Peanut Vendor (3:00)
  23. 23 Natal (5:33)
  24. 24 Intermission Rock (4:42)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vic Lewis Primary Artist
Tubby Hayes Reeds
Red Mitchell Piano
Alan Ross Reeds
Ray Martin Trumpet
Jon Clarke Piano
Les Condon Trumpet
Fred Crossman French Horn
Art Ellefson Reeds
Dave Willis Bass
Les Wright Reeds
Ray Hutchinson Trumpet
Ray Webb Reeds
Brian Gray Reeds
Ken Williams Bass
Ronnie Baker Trumpet
Lad Busby Trombone
Bernard Allen Reeds
Colin Wright Trumpet
Technical Credits
Gerry Mulligan Arranger, Composer
Leith Stevens Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Michael J. Dutton Remastering
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Moisés Simóns Composer
Vic Lewis Arranger
L. Wolfe Gilbert Composer
Marion Sunshine Composer
Gould Arranger
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