Thursday, June 8, 2017

Gerry Mulligan at Pleyel '54

During a 1954 trip to Europe Gerry Mulligan played several concerts in Paris at the Salle Pleyel to enthusiastic crowds, excerpts from which are heard on this CD and a second volume, issued separately. The baritone saxophonist is joined by one of his most stimulating musical partners, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer; the quartet's rhythm section includes bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Frank Isola (who sticks to brushes). Mulligan does his best to introduce most of the tunes in halting French to the appreciation of the audience. Mulligan and Brookmeyer work magic together as they alternate between taking the lead and providing backgrounds for one another, while also engaging in some terrific counterpoint. The set includes standards, classic jazz tunes and Mulligan's originals, all of which delight the audience. It is almost impossible to name all of the highlights within this disc, though "Bernie's Tune" (with a playful detour into a circus theme), Mulligan's loping "Walkin' Shoes" and cool "Soft Shoe" as well as "My Funny Valentine," which rivals his famous recording with trumpeter Chet Baker. This CD and its companion volume should be considered among Gerry Mulligan's most essential recordings.
Ken Dryden

Source :

Gerry Mulligan
Pleyel Concerts
vol. 1 & 2

Cd. 1


1 Bernie's Tune (Leiber, Miller, Stoller)  4:50
2 Presentation of the Musicians  0:51
3 Walking Shoes (Mulligan)  4:50
4 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington)  4:34
5 Motel/Utter Chaos (Mulligan)  5:48
6 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  5:52
7 Soft Shoe (Mulligan)  4:16
8 Bark for Barksdale (Mulligan)  5:29
9 My Funny Valentine (Hart, Rodgers)  4:52
10 Turnstile/Utter Chaos (Mulligan)  7:25
11 I May Be Wrong (Ruskin, Sullivan)  4:50
12 Five Brothers (Mulligan)  4:39
13 Gold Rush (Mulligan)  6:27
14 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  3:43


Cd. 2

1 The Lady is a Tramp (Hart, Rodgers)  3:45
2 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  4:12
3 Motel/Utter Chaos (Mulligan)  4:50
4 Five Brothers (Mulligan)  5:07
5 Lullaby of the Leaves (Petkere, Young)  3:28
6 The Nearness of You (Carmichael, Washington)  4:39
7 Limelight (Mulligan)  5:10
8 Come Out, Come Out, WhereverYou Are (Cahn, Styne)  4:08
9 Makin' Whoopee (Donaldson, Kahn)  2:49
10 Love Me or Leave Me (Donaldson, Kahn)  4:38
11 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  4:15
12 Line for Lyons (Mulligan)  4:20
13 Moonlight in Vermont (Blackburn, Suessdorf)  3:15
14 Bark for Barksdale/Utter Chaos (Mulligan)  5:58


Gerry Mulligan - bs
Bob Brookmeyer - tb
Red Mitchell - b
Frank Isola - dr

Recorded at Salle Pleyel, Paris ; June 1, 1954 [Cd. 1, # 1-10] ; & June 3, 1954 [Cd. 1, # 11-14]  ; June 3, 1954 [Cd. 2, # 1-3] ; June 5, 1954 [Cd. 2, # 4-7] ; & June 7, 1954 [Cd. 2, # 8-14]


Orbyt said...

Highly recommend this GM.

jessouaffe said...

thx 4 The GM GEM

1Surfrider said...

Love Gerry Mulligan!


SlimStew said...

Big Brookmeyer and Mitchell fan. Gerry and Isola are pretty darn goos, too--thanks!

SlimStew said...

Big Brookmeyer and Mitchell fan. Gerry and Isola are pretty darn goos, too--thanks!

Boletus Joe said...

This is wonderful stuff... Thank you.

Boletus Joe said...

This is wonderful stuff... Thank you.

rog said...

Outstanding Mel ! Thank You.

Terry said...

I can't believe that I never got this earlier. I have the LP with the original 8 songs but what a pleasure to get all the other material. Thanks for 2 great CD's.

deGallo said...

Yes! Thank you from a big Mulligan fan.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Melanchthon said...

Cd. 1
Cd. 2

DEEP said...


Anonymous said...

Magical! Never enough of Bob and Jeru! Thanks so much dear MM!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

More magic, thanks Mel!!

Kovina Kris said...

Oh wow, VERY cool to upgrade these to FLAC. Thank you so much Mel!

Arewenotmen? said...

Merci beaucoup pour ceci et beaucoup d'autres choses !

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks a million Mel !

Gil said...

Merci beaucoup.

bventure said...

These look great, many thanks Mel.