Steve Futterman
August 02, 1996 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet With Chet Baker

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan
Producers
Blue Note

We gave it an A

West Coast jazz of the 1950s was often a fairly anemic genre, but two incredibly lyrical players helped to turn it into a music of limpid beauty: baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and trumpeter Chet Baker. Backed only by bass and drums, Mulligan and Baker filled the air with well-contoured melodies and gently sensual tones. In their legendary time as a team, they swung with butterfly grace. A

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