Gerry Mulligan

Line For Lyons

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"Line for Lyons" is Gerry Mulligan's early tribute to the prominent west coast disc jockey Jimmy Lyons (who was also a co-founder of the Monterey Jazz Festival). This upbeat yet easygoing work immediately appeals to fans of so-called "cool jazz," likely due to the almost conversational flavor of its theme. First recorded by Mulligan in 1952 at the Black Hawk in San Francisco, where he was leading his quartet with Chet Baker, the baritone saxophonist developed a fondness for his composition and re-recorded it on a number of sessions with different instrumentation. Chet Baker and Paul Desmond, both of whom recorded the song with Mulligan, added it to their respective repertoires, so it isn't surprising that it turns up on several of their dates as leaders.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Jazz Festival 1956
Various Artists
Madacy 6:11
No Image 1964 Verve
No Image 1965 Limelight Records 3:15
Lionel Hampton Presents Gerry Mulligan 1977 Who's Who in Jazz 5:11
Compact Jazz: Gerry Mulligan 1987 Verve 4:27
Too Much to Lose 1989 7:16
Walking Shoes 1994 Jazz World 6:10
This Is Jazz, Vol. 18 1996 Legacy / Sony Music Distribution 8:16
Bang & Olufsen: A New View on Music [Blue Cover] 1996
Various Artists
Polygram 3:08
Gerry Mulligan Songbook 1997 Chiaroscuro 7:19
Thank You, Gerry!: Our Tribute to Gerry Mulligan 1998 Arkadia Jazz 5:58
The Sound of Jazz, Volume 20 1999 Galaxy Music 6:10
Great Horns 1999
Various Artists
Jazz World 6:10
No Image 2001 Sony Music Distribution 8:15
Young Mulligan 2003 Proper Pairs 2:33
So What! 2003 Back Up 6:06
Jazz Festival [Disc #2]
Various Artists
Madacy 6:11