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Complete Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Sessions

The Complete Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster Sessions

by Gerry Mulligan
     
 
Although an earlier CD added five previously unissued tracks to the original LP Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, this Verve Master Edition two-CD set adds just about everything else recorded during the two sessions that produced the original record, and also features 20-bit sound. Even though Gerry Mulligan was

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Although an earlier CD added five previously unissued tracks to the original LP Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster, this Verve Master Edition two-CD set adds just about everything else recorded during the two sessions that produced the original record, and also features 20-bit sound. Even though Gerry Mulligan was outspoken against issuing material omitted from his original recordings, it is a treat to hear how the songs evolved in the studio. Webster and Mulligan seem mutually inspired throughout the sessions, and strong performances by pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and drummer Mel Lewis are of considerable help. The music is presented in the order in which it was recorded, with each CD devoted to a separate session. In both cases it is clear that the initial takes of music from the Ellington songbook ("In a Mellotone" and "Chelsea Bridge") are more focused than the follow-up versions. They only needed one try to nail "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (also left off the LP), in an understated setting that shows off their beautiful interplay. Their barely disguised reworking of "I Got Rhythm," called "Who's Got Rhythm," was likely an effortless performance, though Webster seems to briefly laugh in the middle of his solo. Webster's swinging "Fajista" opens the second date, followed by two takes of Mulligan's beautiful ballad "Tell Me When." Webster's "Blues in B-Flat" is another fine swinger inexplicably left off the LP, and Rowles kicks off the oldie "Sunday" with a brief stride piano introduction (something Webster played himself but rarely in a recording studio). Fans on a budget can probably make due with the earlier CD reissue but serious fans of Mulligan and/or Webster should invest in this very rewarding set instead.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/28/1997
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453905528
catalogNumber:
539055
Rank:
137321

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerry Mulligan   Primary Artist,Baritone Saxophone,Track Performer
Mel Lewis   Drums
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Ben Webster   Tenor Saxophone,Track Performer
Benny Carter   Track Performer
Leroy Vinnegar   Bass

Technical Credits

Gerry Mulligan   Composer
Ben Webster   Composer
Ned Miller   Composer
Norman Granz   Producer
Benny Krueger   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Phil Schaap   Liner Notes
Jule Styne   Composer
Chester Conn   Composer
Bennie Kreuger   Composer

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