Friday, February 17, 2017

Gerry Mulligan - The Original Sextet

This two-disc, 28-track compilation gathers all of Gerry Mulligan's sides recorded with a short-lived sextet lineup in 1955 and 1956. Originally released as three LPs on the Emarcy and Mercury labels — 1955's Presenting the Gerry Mulligan Sextet and A Profile of Gerry Mulligan and 1956's Mainstream of Jazz — this material was recorded in New York City after Mulligan had returned to his hometown following the 1954 drug bust that ended his star-making Los Angeles group with Chet Baker. As a result, some call these sessions the first flowering of "West Coast" cool jazz on the Eastern Seaboard, but in point of fact, these tracks can be traced directly back to Mulligan's work with Miles Davis and Gil Evans on the Birth of the Cool sessions in 1949. As on those sides, Mulligan's primary musical sparring partner is a trombonist, Bob Brookmeyer, and the unusual pairing of Mulligan's baritone and Brookmeyer's trombone takes precedence over the more conventional trumpet (Jon Eardley and Don Ferrara) and tenor (Zoot Sims) parts. The primary difference here is in the rhythm section (drummer Dave Bailey and either Peck Morrison or Bill Crow on bass, with both Mulligan and Brookmeyer doubling on piano when necessary), which gooses the tempos in a way that Mulligan's more languid early groups rarely managed. Furthermore, unlike the earlier recordings, which had to be edited for 78 rpm play, this group is allowed to stretch out, leading to longer and more daring solos. The sextet never became the hot group of the moment in the way that the Mulligan and Baker lineup did, but this set beautifully showcases their gifts. As an added gift, the second disc includes eight rare and unissued alternate takes, including both sides of a 1955 single pairing greatly reduced versions of "Sweet and Lovely" and "Bernie's Tune."
Stewart Mason

Source :

Gerry Mulligan
The Original Sextet
(Complete Studio Master Takes)


Cd. 1

1 Mud Bug (Lloyd)  5:07
2 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias)  5:07
3 Apple Core (Mulligan)  5:29
4 Nights at the Turntable (Mulligan)  4:39
5 Broadway (Woode, McRae, Bird)  6:39
6 Everything Happens to Me (Adair, Dennis)  5:25
7 The Lady is a Tramp (Rodgers, Hart)  5:13
8 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Stoller, Mulligan)  6:46
9 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  4:06
10 Demanton (Eardley)  5:43
11 Duke Ellington Medley : Moon Mist/In a Sentimental Mood (Ellington)  4:29
12 Westward Walk (Aka Westwood Walk) (Mulligan)  4:26
13 La Plus Que Lente (Debussy)  3:30
14 Blues (Mulligan)  8:17


Cd. 2

1 Elevation (Mulligan, Lawrence)  6:51
2 Mainstream (Mulligan)  6:49
3 Ain't it the Truth (Basie, Harding, Palmer)  5:24
4 Igloo (Lloyd)  6:58
5 Blues at the Roots (Mulligan)  5:43
6 Lollypop (Hamilton, Wiggins)  5:53
7 Blues (Mulligan)  7:01
8 The Lady is a Tramp (Rodgers, Hart)  5:42
9 Demanton (Eardley)  5:41
10 Broadway (Woode, McRae, Bird)  6:37
11 Sweet and Lovely (Arnheim, LeMare, Tobias)  2:46
12 Bernie's Tune [short version] (Miller, Leiber, Stoller)  2:40
13 Westwood Walk (Mulligan)  5:22
14 La Plus Que Lente (Debussy)  3:39


[Cd 1, # 1, 8 & 11 - Cd. 2, # 7-9]
Jon Eardley - tp
Bob Brookmeyer - tb & p [# Cd. 1, # 6]
Peck Morrison - b
Dave Bailey - dr
Recorded in New York City ; September 21, 1955
[Cd 1, # 2, 3, 12 & 14 - Cd. 5, # 10-12]
Same as above
Recorded in New York City ; September 22, 1955
[Cd 1, # 4-7 & 10]
Same as above
Recorded in New York City ; October 31, 1955
[Cd 2, # 2, 3, 13 & 14]
Jon Eardley - tp
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Zoot Sims - ts
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Bill Crow - b
Dave Bailey - dr
Recorded in New York City ; January 25, 1956
[Cd 1, # 9 & 13 - Cd. 2, # 1, 4 & 6]
Don Ferrara - tp
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Zoot Sims - ts
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Bill Crow - b
Dave Bailey - dr
Recorded in New York City ; September 26, 1956


fcapeau said...

Thank you for posting this great jazz classics.Enjoy these splendid sessions.

Prof. Yaffle said...

Thank you

hcb said...

Thank you, as always

Ina said...

Thank you! I am looking forward to listening to this lovely post!

dd said...

What a fabulous blog. Thanks!

AmyBRAINS said...

Fantastic post!!
Many, many thanks Melanchthon.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Melanchthon, músicos fabulosos.

CrunchyFrog said...

Hmmm - these links don't seem to go anywhere... is it just me... I've listened to many a post from Mel's site and they always work fine. Anyone else have trouble with this?

Luis said...

Thank you! Great update.

neil said...

Nice one, mel! I have the Mainstream of Jazz tracks, but to have the Complete Studio Master Takes is a real treat; many thanks...

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias.

Descargador said...


ptcorvo said...

Thank you very much for the good work!
But there's a problem with the password, it only applies to few files, the others come out as zero lenght!
Best regards

furnguy said...

thnx. you posted lots of great music

Arewenotmen? said...

Un grand merci, une fois encore !

JH said...

Thansk, Mel!

Kneigh said...

Many thanx, Melanchthon!! I had parts of this, but not the entire compilation. Always great to hear this man and especially with Bob Brookmeyer!!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

klf said...

thanks for this & everything! ... and thanks *so much* for allowing us to use other servers besides rs ... it really helps!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

Thank you! Marvelous!

alf alfred said...

thank you very much for these and the many other fine transfers & erudite observations you share at this wonderful site. cheers, alfred venison.

kristophermc28 said...

Nice! Thanks Mel.

rambert said...

Thanks! A great addition to my Mulligan collection.
And I also appreciate the choice of server!

Pablo Gutierrez said...

Hola. Cual es el password? Gracias

Melanchthon said...

Otis Foster said...

Many thanks - had this at one time, lost it in an equipment failure (props to Janet Jackson)

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Very nice Mel!

Fred Archtop said...

Wow ! Thank you Mel.

sep troelstra said...

Many thanks!!

The Jackal said...

Dear Mel,

Wow, what a collection.

Great music and performers.
You may already have read this but, hope you're interested.

Stefano said...


GiancarloB said...

many thanks for your kindness, Mel

Kovina Kris said...

Great post!