Gerry Mulligan / Stan Getz / Paul Desmond

Mulligan and Getz and Desmond

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Baritone-saxophonist Gerry Mulligan had opportunities to record sessions with many of the top saxophonists of his time. This double LP includes his meetings with altoist Paul Desmond (which by itself would be rated best) and Stan Getz (merely a good). The Mulligan-Getz encounter is a bit odd in that on three of the eight selections they switch horns, with Getz playing baritone and Mulligan tenor. One really hears the similarity and overlapping of their styles on those performances but they lower the general quality of the date. On the other hand, the Mulligan-Desmond matchup is wonderful with many swinging and witty moments between the two greats, particularly on "Line for Lyons" and "Battle Hymn of the Republican."