Gerry Mulligan

A Night in Rome, Vol. 2

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The baritone-saxophonist, a modern who loved to jam with the older musicians, always had a flexible style. He had the opportunity (due to his popularity) to record with several of the major saxophonists who were active in the 1950s and '60s. This CD finds him sharing the spotlight with the great veteran tenor Ben Webster. Their original six-song LP program is, on this reissue, augmented by five additional selections that were previously unissued but are played at the same high quality. The nearly 77-minute program (during which Mulligan and Webster are joined by pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Mel Lewis) is full of solid swing, some witty improvising and a few beautiful ballads.

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