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||Night Lights||Gerry Mulligan Sextet||4:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Morning of the Carnival From "Black Orpheus"||Gerry Mulligan Sextet||5:30||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning||Gerry Mulligan||5:39||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Prelude In E Minor||Gerry Mulligan Sextet||4:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Festival Minor||Gerry Mulligan Sextet||6:50||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tell Me When||Gerry Mulligan Sextet||4:09||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Night Lights (1965 Version)||Gerry Mulligan Quintet||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
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.
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
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s