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Album Review

This 1962 session finds Gerry Mulligan in a rather rare recording situation — for the times. His piano-less quartets were remarkable and groundbreaking in the 1950s. On this date, Mulligan is accompanied by legendary pianist Tommy Flanagan, drummer Dave Bailey, bassist Ben Tucker, and conquero Alec Dorsey. He takes the band through seven tunes, only one of which, "Blue Boy," is his own. The music here is relaxed, warm, up and straight-ahead. Dorsey's conga is far from a distraction, and is tastefully woven into the fabric of the quintet. Many of the tunes here, such as Billy Taylor's "Capricious" that opens the set, are uncommon in the Mulligan repertoire, though the read of Cole Porter's "Get Out of Town," would be a near constant in his live sets for the rest of his life. Other notable tracks include the beautiful "Lonely Town" and the Alan Jay Lerner-Kurt Weill composition "Here I'll Stay," that features a fine solo by Flanagan. Jeru is certainly not one of Mulligan's classic recordings but it's a fine one, and this new remastered version by Legacy is a real improvement over the previous CD issue.

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"JERU" Gerry Mulligan

What a great record!


Born: April 6, 1927 in New York, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

The most famous and probably greatest jazz baritonist of all time, Gerry Mulligan was a giant. A flexible soloist who was always ready to jam with anyone from Dixielanders to the most advanced boppers, Mulligan brought a somewhat revolutionary light sound to his potentially awkward and brutal horn and played with the speed and dexterity of an altoist. Mulligan started on the piano before learning clarinet and the various saxophones. His initial reputation was as an arranger. In 1944 he wrote charts...
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: Brazilian, Music, Latino, Latin Jazz
  • Released: Jun 30, 1962

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