Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band

Compact Jazz: Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band

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This out-of-print Verve LP has the first recording by Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band, his 13-piece unit of the early 1960's. In addition to the bartonist-leader (who also provided the arrangements), the other key soloists include tenor-saxophonist Zoot Sims and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer; drummer Mel Lewis propels the ensembles. Highlights include "Bweebida Bobbida," a chart on Django Reinhardt's "Manior Des Mes Reves" that recalls Claude Thornhill, a remake of "My Funny Valentine" and a hard-swinging version of "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'." All of the Concert Jazz Band recordings deserve to be reissued on CD.

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