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This 3-CD set features the complete recordings by one of the most exciting ensembles Gerry Mulligan ever led; in fact, he said it was his favorite. It is the swinging presentation of the music throughout, the inventive soloists within a functional, fresh and never pretentious written context that makes listening to the sextet a distinct pleasure. The writingboth originals and standardsis marked primarily by the constant use of flowing complementary lines in the ensemble and often behind soloists as well. There exists a rocking ease, and yet an almost airy feeling to this beautifully collective interplay.
CONTENT: · 1 Single CD (San Diego concert) · 1 Double CD (Studio sessions) · 16-pages booklet with photos and liner notes
01. People Will Say We're in Love
02. Western Reunion
03. I Know, Don't Know How
04. The Red Door
05. Polka Dots and Moonbeams
06. I'll Remember April
07. There Will Never Be Another You
08. It Don't Mean a Thing
09. Duke Ellington medley: In a Sentimental Mood - Flamingo - Moon Mist
01. Bernies Tune
02. Mud Bug
03. Blues (alt.)
04. The Lady Is a Tramp (alt.)
05. Duke Ellington Medley:
-In a Sentimental Mood
-Demanton (Alternate Take)
06. Demanton (alt.)
08. Broadway (alt.)
09. Sweet and Lovely
10. Westwood Walk
01. Night at the Turntable
02. Everything Happens to Me
03. The Lady is a Tramp
04. Westwood Walk (alt.)
05. Ain't it the Truth
07. La plus que Lente (alt.)
08. La plus que Lente
10. Makin' Whoopee
13. Blues at the Roots
14. Sweet and Lovely
15. Bernie's Tune
Personnel and dates:
San Diego concert:
Gerry Mulligan (bs, p), Jon Eardley (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb, p), Zoot Sims (ts), Red Mitchell (b), Larry Bunker (d).
Recorded in Hoover High School, San Diego, 1954
CD 1: Gerry Mulligan (bs, p), Jon Eardley (tp), Bob Brookmeyer (v-tb), Zoot Sims (ts), Peck Morrison (b), Dave Bailey (d).
Tracks #1 to 6, New York, September 21, 1955
Tracks #7 to 11, New York, September 22, 1955
Tracks #12 & 13, New York, October 31, 1955
CD 2: Same personnel as CD 1 but Bob Brookmeyer & Gerry Mulligan play`paino on track #2 & 13 respectively.
Tracks #1 to 3, New York, October 31, 1955
Tracks #4 to 7, New York, January 25, 1956. Bill Crow replaces Morrison.
Tracks# 8 to 13, New York, September 26, 1956. Don Ferrara replaces Eardley.
Tracks #14 & 15, New York, September 22, 1955.
Liner notes especially written for this project by Alun Morgan