Though the music on Mulligan is labeled as being recorded in France in 1958 by the baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, it actually consists of three songs by three different groups between 1960 and 1966, plus three cuts from a previously issued LP. Track one is labeled "Jeru," though it is instead a medley of "Roundhouse" and "Out of Nowhere." Backed by pianist Claude Williamson, bassist Buddy Clark, and drummer Mel Lewis, this track is flawed because of the wow in the tape source, though there's nothing wrong with the playing. "Festive Minor" comes from a 1960 concert in Stockholm featuring Mulligan's highly regarded quartet with Art Farmer, Bill Crow, and Dave Bailey. A broadcast of the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival is the source of "Rose Room"; Mulligan mixes it up with an all-star band consisting of cornetist Ruby Braff, pianist Billy Taylor, and tenor saxophonist Bud Freeman, with great results. The last three tracks were lifted from the Chiaroscuro LP Idol Gossip. The incompetent packaging and the mediocre sound of this CD make it one that can be safely bypassed.
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AllMusic Review by Ken Dryden