Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 12

Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 12

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by Gerry Mulligan
     
 
Gerry Mulligan, who midwifed a few of the highlights of Miles Davis's BIRTH OF THE COOL sessions in 1949 ("Jeru", "Rocker", "Venus De Milo"), was arguably at his best when fronting or arranging for a large group. His distinctive baritone saxophone was always enhanced when contrasted with other, higher-pitched horns. But many jazz buffs remain uninitiated into the

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Gerry Mulligan, who midwifed a few of the highlights of Miles Davis's BIRTH OF THE COOL sessions in 1949 ("Jeru", "Rocker", "Venus De Milo"), was arguably at his best when fronting or arranging for a large group. His distinctive baritone saxophone was always enhanced when contrasted with other, higher-pitched horns. But many jazz buffs remain uninitiated into the sonic delights of the larger outfits -- Mulligan's leads a 14-piece band here-- possibly owing to swing style connotations, or just the evocation of a dated era.But ZURICH 1960 evokes Charles Mingus almost as much as it does Woody Herman, and makes for a wonderful introduction to Mulligan's exceptional work with expanded ensembles. While the whole band often pulls together for exciting emphasis, solos are often couched by smaller ensembles within the band; as the songs unfold, the group might sound like a quartet, quintet, or sextet. It's great to hear Mulligan originals "Walkin' Shoes" and "Motel," which he originally recorded with trumpeter Chet Baker in their pianoless quartet in these fully-fleshed-out versions, especially "Walkin' Shoes," which features a terrific tenor solo by Zoot Sims. "Go Home" is a simmering blues by Ben Webster that comes to a boil as the group gradually enters behind the solos of Mulligan, Sims, and Bob Brookmeyer. The strongest number is the finale, Duke Ellington's "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'". Here the band is at its most energetic and Mingus-like, with a solo by trumpeter Don Ferrara that will make you wonder why he isn't more widely known.

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
It's always regrettable when a high-quality jazz band isn't recorded as much as it deserves to be; in fact, it's downright tragic that Thelonious Monk's 1957 performances with John Coltrane at the Five Spot in New York weren't documented extensively. But thankfully, Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band of 1960-1963 was well documented and resulted in some rewarding albums. One of them is Zurich, 1960, which was recorded live at Mustermesse Basel in Zurich, Switzerland, on November 17, 1960. This CD finds the 14-piece Concert Jazz Band in excellent form during a concert that ranges from well-known standards (including "Body and Soul" and "You Took Advantage of Me") to swinging Mulligan originals like "The Apple Core," "C," and "Walkin' Shoes." Although Mulligan's subtle, lyrical baritone sax is the main attraction -- arguably, he was the Stan Getz of the baritone -- the improviser doesn't hesitate to feature such five-star soloists as trumpeter Conte Candoli, tenor saxman Zoot Sims, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, and alto saxman Gene Quill (who is also heard on clarinet). And whoever is taking a solo, the band has a consistently insightful and sensitive drummer in Mel Lewis.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
Label:
Tcb Music
UPC:
0723723761125
catalogNumber:
2122

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerry Mulligan   Primary Artist,Leader,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Brookmeyer   Trombone,Vocals
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Mel Lewis   Drums,Snare Drums
Buddy Clark   Bass
Willie Dennis   Trombone
Gene Quill   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Gene Allen   Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Bob Donovan   Alto Saxophone
Don Ferrara   Trumpet
Alan Raph   Bass,Trombone
Jimmy Reider   Tenor Saxophone
Zoot Sims   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Yvan Ischer   Radio Consultant
Peter Schmidlin   Executive Producer
Kurt S. Weil   Liner Notes

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Swiss Radio Days Jazz Series, Vol. 12 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
DonnieTheB More than 1 year ago
The Swiss label TCB has made available much of the live concert jazz recorded for local radio broadcast in the 1950's and 1960's. This performance found the band in fine form. Dig the frenetic, yet swinging, solo on Mulligan's "The Apple Core" by Zoot Sims. Ben Webster's "Go Home" is particularly pleasing with fine solos by Gerry, Zoot, Bob Brookmeyer, Jim Reider and Mulligan again. Duke's "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'" became a head piece for the band. Don Ferrara, Reider, Brookmeyer, and Mulligan highlight this swinging performance from Montreaux. If you're a big band jazz fan, you should have at least something from this somewhat unusual 13 piece pianoless group. This would not be a bad place to start - although several other titles are currently available. Incidently, this performance is more inspired than the Paris-Olympia concert. (The preceeding review was published by me elsewhere in 2007).
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are interested at all in big band jazz, you owe it to yourself to own at least something by Gerry Mulligan and The Concert Jazz Band. This was a rather unique pianoless 13-14 piece band that Mulligan started following several 1950's nonet and tentet collaborations. This recording is a good sample of the band's music and it is a more inspired performance than the Olympia-Paris concert now available. Once you become a fan, you'll want to add Live at The Village Vanguard and On Tour - featuring Zoot Sims. Here Zoot plays a frenetic, but swingin', solo on Mulligan's original The Apple Core. Bob Brookmeyer, Don Ferrara, Jim Reider, Gerry and Zoot shine on Ben Webster's Go Home. Duke Ellington's I'm Gonna Go Fishin' became a head arrangement for the band, and they do a swingin' good job on it here. Overall a very enjoyable 56 minute concert, recorded in front of an enthusiastic live audience and broadcast on local Swiss radio in 1960.