Gerry Mulligan

Two Times Four Plus Six

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This Gerry Mulligan CD features some rare music from live broadcasts originating at the Red Hill Inn in New Jersey or Basin Street in New York City. The quartet tracks with valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer include Mulligan's upbeat "Motel," the easygoing "Five Brothers," and a richly textured "Laura." Trumpeter Jon Eardley and tenor saxophonist Zoot Sims are also on hand for the sextet dates, including the swinging Mulligan/Sims collaboration "The Red Door" and very aptly named "Soft Shoe," though the source material for the sextet performances is much more noisy and there is considerable tape flutter in places. This isn't an essential CD, but Gerry Mulligan fans should definitely acquire it.

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