Gerry Mulligan / Gerry Mulligan Quartet

Gerry Mulligan and His Quartet

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This is the Gerry Mulligan Quartet in 1962 at the wane of the West Coast jazz fervor, and it shows. The quartet is comprised of Mulligan on his standard baritone sax, as well as piano on a couple of tracks; Bob Brookmeyer on trombone and piano on one selection; and a rhythm section of bassist Bill Crow and drummer Gus Johnson. This is clearly Mulligan cashing in. There is little inspiration in the proceedings, even on "Spring Is Sprung," "Five Brothers," and "Subterranean Blues," all of which are Mulligan compositions and are the first three tunes on the set. With a sleepy "Darn That Dream"; an adequate, if uninspiring, "Blue Port" by Art Farmer; and Mulligan's novelty act "Utter Chaos," which makes fun of Ornette Coleman among others, this is a set that feels and sounds staged for the benefit of an audience that would love whatever the band played. And they played poorly that night. 'Nuf said.

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