Gerry Mulligan

Jazz Fest Masters

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Aside from a live CD with Dave Brubeck from 1972 and a pair of studio albums, this is the only other recording to turn up featuring Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmond together, taped at the New Orleans Jazz Festival. With a superb rhythm section consisting of bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Alan Dawson, they rekindle the magic of their earlier recordings by revisiting the intricate "Line For Lyons" and glide though a tasty "Polka Dots And Moonbeams" and have some fun with a whimsical rendition of "Prelude To A Kiss." Pianist Jaki Byard plays a fugue-like line behind their introduction to "All The Things Your Are" and also is present on "Take Five," which unfortunately is missing most of its opening chorus. Mulligan guests with the University of Illinois Orchestra on the odd choice of "The Thrill Is Gone" and an energetic though under-rehearsed "Sister Sadie," while Al Belletto solos on alto sax with the Loyola University Jazz Band on "What's New." This historical curiosity, issued during Scotti Brothers' short-lived venture into jazz in 1992, is a must for fans of Mulligan and Desmond.

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