Various Artists

Jam Session [Ray Lawrence Ltd. #2]

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This LP from a low-budget label run by Ray Lawrence Ltd. brings back an interesting 1952 concert. On side one Gerry Mulligan (on tenor) jams on a few standards with trumpeter Ted Ottison, tenor Dave Pell, pianist Paul Smith, bassist Joe Mondragon and drummer Billy Wilson. The flip side is a little more typical as Mulligan (back on his customary baritone) plays in a quintet with guitarist Howard Roberts, pianist Jimmy Rowles, bassist Mondragon and drummer Tommy Rundel. This set precedes Gerry Mulligan's formation of his famous quartet with Chet Baker by less than two months and its historic value is more significant than it is musically.