Gerry Mulligan

In Concert

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Gerry Mulligan and his critically acclaimed Concert Jazz Band are heard in their early days in this 1960 Paris concert, originally broadcast in France. Mulligan and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer especially shine in the solo spotlight, though strong performances by tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims, alto saxophonist Gene Quill, and drummer Mel Lewis also add to this concert's value. The program on this two-CD set includes a mix of standards, time-tested jazz compositions, and newer works, all heard in swinging charts by either Brookmeyer or the leader. One oddity is the rather extended workout of Mulligan's lively "Spring Is Sprung," which stretches over 20 minutes and gives him an opportunity to play piano at some length. The original RTE edition of this valuable set has been out of print since a few years after its 1993 release, though it has reappeared on a Japanese label.

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