Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan - High Priest of Cool Jazz.

Gerry Mulligan Quartet – Live In Milan – 1956 – Past Daily Downbeat.

Gerry Mulligan – High Priest of Cool Jazz.

Gerry Mulligan Quartet – Live in Milan, Italy – February 25, 1956 – RAI-Rome – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

Gerry Mulligan Quartet this weekend. A (short) live set from Teatro della Fierra in Milan and recorded for posterity by RAI. On hand are Jon Early, trumpet – Bob Brookmeyer, Trombone – Zoot Sims, tenor sax – Bill Crow, bass and Specs Bailey, drums.

A few words from the Gerry Mulligan website, which is jammed with insights, information and sounds:

One of the most widely respected and admired jazz musicians of our time, Gerry Mulligan occupies a unique place in the American musical scene. Recognized as an important 20th century composer, arranger, saxophonist, and conductor, he has played a vital role in the history of modern jazz and contemporary music. Mulligan has performed with such jazz immortals as Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, Lester Young, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Jack Teagarden, Dave Brubeck, and Billie Holiday. He was consistently voted number one in jazz polls around the world and has won a record twenty-nine consecutive Down Beat Readers Poll awards.

Really, not too much more can be added to one of the innovators and leading lights in the Modern Jazz movement of the 20th century. Gerry Mulligan’s work and his musical example have been major influences for numerous Jazz musicians over the years.

Even though this is a short set (I understand there was a lot more recorded during this gig, but this is all I’ve managed to get hold of), this is prime Gerry Mulligan and certainly an excellent example of what the Cool Jazz period was all about.

Enjoy without reservation.

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