Chip Deffaa
February 16, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Gerry Mulligan Songbook

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

We gave it an 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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