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Thank You, Gerry!: Our Tribute to Gerry Mulligan

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Many tributes to Gerry Mulligan appeared following the death of the talented baritone saxophonist and composer in 1996, but this one is easily the best of the lot. Mulligan's final rhythm section is present, with pianist Ted Rosenthal (who also serves as arranger and musical director), bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Ron Vincent, along with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (a veteran of many editions of various groups, both large and small, led by Mulligan), alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, and Randy Brecker, who doubles on trumpet and flugelhorn. There are a number of reasons why this session turned out so well: the eight Mulligan compositions don't just include the early ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Many tributes to Gerry Mulligan appeared following the death of the talented baritone saxophonist and composer in 1996, but this one is easily the best of the lot. Mulligan's final rhythm section is present, with pianist Ted Rosenthal (who also serves as arranger and musical director), bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Ron Vincent, along with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer (a veteran of many editions of various groups, both large and small, led by Mulligan), alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, and Randy Brecker, who doubles on trumpet and flugelhorn. There are a number of reasons why this session turned out so well: the eight Mulligan compositions don't just include the early hits, but also challenging works from late in his career; the interplay between the players and their individual solos are never less than superb; finally, they felt no need to include a baritone saxophonist on the date, as Brookmeyer's valve trombone consistently achieves the lyrical feeling that Mulligan would have added on his baritone sax if he had been present, even if the two instruments aren't that close in sound. The breathtaking version of "My Funny Valentine," the perky "Bark for Barksdale" and "Bernie's Tune," and the lovely swinger "Curtains" are all highlights, but the entire release merits repeated hearings. The heartfelt remarks by Mulligan's old friend Dave Brubeck and the individual comments by each of the musicians on this date also add a nice touch. It is likely that the most difficult part of producing this session was choosing which songs to record from Mulligan's voluminous discography, so a follow-up recording would be most welcome. Highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/1998
  • Label: Arkadia Jazz
  • UPC: 602267119121
  • Catalog Number: 71191
  • Sales rank: 169,686

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bark for Barksdale (5:09)
  2. 2 Theme for Jobim (6:06)
  3. 3 Elevation (4:10)
  4. 4 My Funny Valentine (8:37)
  5. 5 Rocker (5:30)
  6. 6 Walking Shoes (7:29)
  7. 7 Moonlight in Vermont (5:16)
  8. 8 Line for Lyons (5:58)
  9. 9 Festive Minor (6:39)
  10. 10 Bernie's Tune (5:57)
  11. 11 Curtains (7:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gerry Mulligan All-Star Tribute Band Primary Artist
Gerry Mulligan Indexed Contributor
Bob Brookmeyer Valve Trombone
Lee Konitz Alto Saxophone
Ted Rosenthal Piano
Randy Brecker Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Dean Johnson Bass
Ron Vincent Drums
Technical Credits
Dave Brubeck Liner Notes
Ted Rosenthal Arranger, Director, Music Direction
Gene Paul Mastering
Paul Wickliffe Engineer
Bob Karcy Producer, Executive Producer
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