Saturday, October 22, 2016

Gerry Mulligan & the Concert Jazz Band

Anyone who's ever complained that so-called "cool jazz" artists don't know how to swing should check out this one from Gerry Mulligan's Concert Jazz Band. The 13-piece group was sure swinging hard one Sunday afternoon at the Village Vanguard in December 1960.


What sets this ensemble apart isn't so much the compositions (though they're a fine mix of standards and originals) or even the star quality of the soloists (though Mulligan, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer and others provide some memorable solo moments). The key is the cohesiveness of the band as a unit and the crisp, tight arrangements and orchestrations by Mulligan, Brookmeyer and Al Cohn. The bouncy, vibrant tone and sheer big band power on up-tempo numbers like Johnny Mandel's "Black Nightgown" and Cohn's "Lady Chatterly's Mother" evoke, perhaps oddly, the great Basie bands. Mulligan even takes an impressive turn at the piano to lead the group through the Basie-esque "Let My People Be". And familar ballads, like "Body and Soul" and "Come Rain or Come Shine", are given fresh treatments that evoke moods of tenderness and romance without being syrupy. Mulligan was no avant gardist, but he knew how to push the limits while working within a straight-ahead context, and he knew how to make a band swing.
Joel Roberts

Source :

Gerry Mulligan 
Concert Jazz Band
At the Village Vanguard


1 Blueport (Farmer)  11:05
2 Body and Soul (Eyton, Green, Heyman, Sour)  5:43
3 Black Nightgown (Mandel)  4:06
4 Come Rain or Come Shine (Arlen, Mercer)  5:33
5 Lady's Chatterley's Mother (Cohn)  6:12
6 Let My People Be (Mulligan)  7:59


Gerry Mulligan - bs, p & arr [# 4]
Don Ferrara, Clark Terry, Nick Travis - tp
Bob Brookmeyer - tb & arr [# 2]
Willie Dennis, Alan Ralph - tb
Gene Quill - cl & as
Bob Donovan - as
Jim Reider - ts
Gene Allen - bs & b cl
Bill Crow - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Al Cohn - arr [# 1]
Johnny Mandel - arr. [# 3]

Recorded live at the Village Vanguard, New York City ; December 1960


Melanchthon said...

Peter said...

Dear Melanchthon,

once more a gift for the weekend, thank you!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Thanks a lot Mel

ProfessorCalculus said...

Great one, thanks Mel.

deGallo said...

Exceptional! Thank you.

musician3 said...

AMAZING............................THANK YOU FOR ALL

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Much ppreciated.

Gil said...

Merci mille fois.

Anonymous said...

Fabulous music, thank you MM!

Anonymous said...

This one, Dear MM, is like Cremonese violin-making of the 17th and early 18th Century - Art lost. On the surface of it - all of the components are still here, in the 21st Century: the wood (yes!, the Little Ice-Age wood used by Guarnieris, Stradivarius, et al. is still stored by today's top violin makers), the chemistry of varnishes, the computer-analysed construction details, etc. One thing is missing, though: the People who made it. They say there are no irreplaceable people. I say no. Just try and put together, today, Big Band like this one, just try to follow-up on "Blueport". I have not found such follow-up in my lifetime. True Artists are irreplaceable. Thanks for this gem.

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You