Gerry Mulligan Quartet - Moonlight In Vermont
[CCD 79559]

£6.99

Track List:
1) Blueport
2) What Is There to Say
3) Just In Time
4) Walkin' Shoes
5) Baubles, Bangles and Beads
6) Moonlight In Vermont
7) Spring Is Sprung
8) As Catch Can


Lineup:
Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone, piano)
Art Farmer (trumpet)
Bill Crow (bass)
Dave Bailey (drums)


Philadelphia-born Gerry Mulligan made such large impression on jazz music that he has emerged as somewhat of a legend. Early Mulligan compositions recorded by the orchestras of Claude Thornhill, Elliot Lawrence and Gene Krupa indicate a direction that led to the monumental Miles Davis Capitol date. Out of this session came Jeru and Venus de Milo, Mulligan originals, and Goldchild and Darn That Dream, Mulligan arrangements, which have been praised throughout the world.

When Gerry Mulligan arrived in Los Angeles early in 1952, he took command of the Thursday night jazz concert at the Haig, a small, intimate music spot, home of such groups as the Red Norvo Trio and the Dave Brubeck Quartet. Under his influence as a quartet with an unusually subtle approach to jazz took shape. As Ralph Gleason in Down Beat put it, “The Gerry Mulligan Quartet is certainly the freshest and most interesting sound to come out of jazz in some time”.

Since these early days Mulligan’s career has taken him far and wide. The original legendary Quartet with Chet Baker, Bob Whitllock and Chico Hamilton long since established itself in jazz’s “Hall of Fame”. 1959 found Mulligan on tour in Europe with probably the finest of the post-Baker Quartets. It is difficult to imagine a player more suited to act as foil to Mulligan than the superb trumpeter Art Farmer heard here along with Bill Crow and Dave Bailey providing just the perfect blend needed.

This is “chamber jazz” at it’s zenith.

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