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The Gerry Mulligan Songbook

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The Gerry Mulligan Songbook

type:
Music
Current Status:
In Season
performer:
Gerry Mulligan
Producers:
Pacific Jazz
genre:
Jazz, Reissues

We gave it a B+

Gerry Mulligan, who died Jan. 20, found previously undreamed-of suppleness and grace in the baritone sax. The 1957 recordings on The Gerry Mulligan Songbook, in characteristically pianoless groupings, find him playing with the light feel for which he became celebrated, but without the full measure of freedom and serenity he would ultimately attain. Although these are mostly his compositions, he’s most expressive on Milt Jackson’s ”Bags’ Groove.”

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