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Album Review

This is a rather relaxed recording featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan and some of his top alumni (trumpeter Art Farmer, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Dave Bailey) exploring three of his own songs (including "Festive Minor"), Chopin's Prelude in E minor, "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and "Morning of the Carnival" (from Black Orpheus). The emphasis is on ballads and nothing too innovative occurs, but the results are pleasing and laid-back.

Customer Reviews

Love It

How does a 1963 classic not have any comments in 2014. I gusee the kids of iTunes are to enthralled with their 'excplicit language' low-quality MP3's to notice such a refined, eloquent, historic, artistic release such as Jerry, Art, Bob, Jim, Bill & Dave's 'NIGHT LIGHTS.' Regardless, I think anyone who know's great music, will appreciate this album, in it's entrity, for an eternity. Thanks for sharing it, ITunes.

Much More Than The Usual Smooth Jazz

Gorgeous arrangements played by a well rehearsed and accomplished group of musicians are found in this revival of the Mulligan sextet. The addition of Jim Hall on guitar gives this group a different feel from an earlier sextet with Zoot Sims on tenor. This is perfect bachelor pad music but actually stands up to serious examination quite well. It is true that inspired improvisation is lacking but Mulligan's goal here was not that, which he could clearly provide, but rather to provide the listener with a beautiful experience that is much more than what is usually called smooth jazz. If you are a Mulligan fan you should not avoid this album, as it certainly proves his talent in what first made him famous - arranging. Three original Mulligan compositions are featured. Long time drummer Dave Bailey and bassist Bill Crow join the rhythm section with Hall, while Art Farmer on trumpet from the late 1950's quartet and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone from the original sextet all play together wonderfully.


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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