The Original Gerry Mulligan-Chet Baker Quartet (2 CD set)
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Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker

The Original Gerry Mulligan-Chet Baker Quartet (2 CD set)

Lone Hill Jazz

Reference: LHJ10356_2

Bar code: 8436019583562

Note:
This 2-CD set has been replaced by its recent reissue as part of the American Jazz Classics label. Reference #99031


This release presents the complete master takes by Gerry Mulligan's original 1952-53 piano-less quartet with Chet Baker. These legendary recordings -producer Dick Bock originally started his label specifically to record the popular Gerry Mulligan Quartet- would prove enormously influential and set the groundwork for many other groups. However, Mulligan and Baker's paths would separate afterward and they would not record more than a couple of albums together.

All of their recordings together from that period are on this 2-CD set, with the sole exception of five alternate takes that didnt fit due to time limitations.


Tracklisting:

CD1
01. BERNIES TUNE 2:53
02. LULLABY OF THE LEAVES 3:16
03. UTTER CHAOS #1 0:37
04. LINE FOR LYONS 2:35
05. CARIOCA 2:28
06. MY FUNNY VALENTINE 2:58
07. BARK FOR BARKSDALE 3:16
08. UTTER CHAOS #2 0:24
09. NIGHTS AT THE TURNTABLE 2:55
10. FRENESI 3:11
11. ARENT YOU GLAD YOURE YOU 2:53
12. WALKIN SHOES 3:13
13. SOFT SHOE 2:40
14. FREEWAY 2:47
15. LIMELIGHT 2:48
16. THE LADY IS A TRAMP 3:14
17. TURNSTILE 2:58
18. MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT 4:06
19. DINAH 2:58
20. SHE DIDNT SAY YES,SHE DIDNT SAY NO 2:33
21. GODCHILD 3:58
22. POINCIANA 3:53
23. ARENT YOU GLAD YOURE YOU 4:00
24. GET HAPPY 5:54
25. CHERRY 2:58
26. CARSON CITY STAGE 2:30

Total time: 78:07 min.

CD2 :
01. MAKIN WHOOPEE 3:29
02. MOTEL 2:38
03. MY OLD FLAME 3:14
04. ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE 5:08
05. LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME 2:44
06. JERU 2:32
07. SWING HOUSE 2:56
08. UTTER CHAOS #3 0:30
09. I MAY BE WRONG 2:53
10. IM BEGINNINGTO SEE THE LIGHT 3:37
11. THE NEARNESS OF YOU 2:53
12. TEA FOR TWO 2:49
13. DARN THAT DREAM 3:52
14. VARSITY DRAG 2:26
15. SPEAK LOW 2:10
16. HALF NELSON 3:04
17. LADY BIRD 4:29
18. LOVE ME OR LEAVE ME 3:17
19. SWING HOUSE 3:28
20. FIVE BROTHERS 3:01
21. I CANT GET STARTED 4:04
22. MY FUNNY VALENTINE 5:18
23. IDES SIDE 4:24
24. FUN HOUSE 3:27

Total time: 78:36 min.


These sessions were originally issued on Richard Bock's Pacific Jazz label and firstly appeared in several 10" albums of the same title "Gerry Mulligan Quartet".


Personnel: Gerry Mulligan (bs) and Chet Baker (tp) on all tracks plus: Bob Whitlock, Carson Smith or Joe Mondragon (b), Chico Hamilton or Larry Bunker (d). Recorded in San Francisco, Hollywood and Los Angeles, between 1952-1953.


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Notes:

"The Gerry Mulligan Quartet was not only a groundbreaking pianoless group, featuring baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and trumpeter Chet Baker with a bassist and drummer, but the band also helped to launch Dick Bock's Pacific Jazz label. [...]

Their unique approach to music came to be labeled as "cool" or West Coast jazz, relying on intricate improvisations, with Mulligan's inventive, lyrical baritone being well complemented by Baker, an unschooled player who possessed a gift for playing by ear. Bassists Bobby Whitlock and Carson Smith, along with drummers Chico Hamilton or Larry Bunker, round out the group. There are numerous highlights within this volume, the standout tracks include Mulligan's loping "Walking Shoes" (which he returned to throughout the remaining four-plus decades of his career), along with the group's peppy rendition of "Bernie's Tune." A remake of the baritone saxophonist's "Jeru" (recorded previously during the nonet sessions which were eventually gathered for Miles Davis' Birth of the Cool album) and the landmark treatment of "My Funny Valentine," a standard that would remain a key part of Baker's repertoire for the remainder of his life.

Although this music was reissued several times, including in an extensive boxed set by Mosaic and the later The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker, this edition, like the earlier bigger collections, is already an out of print collectible fetching a premium price. This important release are particularly noteworthy and should be considered essential for anyone interested in West Coast jazz.

Ken Dryden -All Music Guide
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