Friday, July 21, 2017

Gerry Mulligan - Olympia, Oct. 6th, 1962

There was a dense crowd for the concerts at the Olympia in Paris on Saturday, October 6, where two highly-esteemed. groups were to appear, opposites perhaps in spirit, but sharing nevertheless a common denominator of talent. Opening the show, the champion of funky jazz, Horace Silver, to be followed after the intermission by the Gerry Mulligan quartet. Two shows were planned, one at 6pm, the other at midnight. We can only hope that in the near future we may have the opportunity to hear the superb demonstration of swing provided by Horace Silver (along with Blue Mitchell and Junior Cook). As for Gerry Mulligan, we need wait no longer, this compact disc brings the concert "into your own living room."
Gerry Mulligan had created great astonishment on his debut in Paris, presenting at the Salon du Jazz in 1954 his "pianoless quartet" — practically an attempt at the impossible, double bass alone providing the harmonic support for the single-line soloists.
There had been a precedent in the fairly recent past, with the quartet co-led by Sidney Bechet and Muggsy Spanier (with guitar and bass), but it was nevertheless Mulligan, along with Chet Baker, in 1952 who provoked astonishment with this move whose impact in the jazz world was considerable. It has never been very clear whether Mulligan deliberately decided to do without a piano, or whether circumstances pushed him to it. One statement by Mulligan suggests the latter. He told a journalist that the stage of a club where he was playing in Los Angeles was so cramped that there was no room for the concert piano he wanted. Whatever the case, the formula was surprising and attractive, all the more so in that it was the velvet trumpet of Baker which counterpointed p Mulligan's deep-toned saxophone. Subsequently the valve trombone of Bob Brookmeyer and then the trumpet of Art Farmer were his partners...
André Clergeat, Co-author of the Dictionnaire du Jazz (booklet)

Gerry Mulligan
Quartet
Olympia, Oct. 6th, 1962

Tracks

1 Spring is Sprung (Mulligan)  8:55
2 Five Brothers (Mulligan)  6:04
3 Subterranean Blues (Mulligan)  11:21
4 Darn that Dream (DeLAnge, VanHeusen)  7:42
5 Blues Port (Farmer)  10:06
6 Utter Chaos (Mulligan)  1:12

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Personnel
Gerry Mulligan - bs & p [# 1 & 4]
Bob Brookmeyer - tb & p [# 3]
Bill Crow - b
Gus Johnson - dr

Recorded at the Olympia, Paris ; October 6, 1962

22 comments:

Melanchthon said...

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Grover Gardner said...

Thank you. Great to see you back.

jazzwallah said...

Si bon!!

Historicus said...

thanks a lot!!!!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel! It is great to have you back.

sep troelstra said...

Maany thanks!!

Starchild said...

Looks like another winner Mel. Welcome back and many thanks!

DEEP said...

Melvin,
Do not ever absquautulate (look it up) again.
My heart could not take another Melvin absquatulation again.
CLASP!!

Gil said...

C'est un plaisir de vous revoir, Merci.

Rick said...

Grateful for your excellent work again.

Anonymous said...

Por fin renacistes,Gracias.

LEON.Spain

musician3 said...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Marcelo said...

Thank you

DEEP said...

Of course we know that on the cover it is not Bill Crow & Gus Johnson...it's Joe Comfort and Dave Bailey.
CLASP!!

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you very much
Pedro

Kovina Kris said...

I love Gerry! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Mahalo!

Anonymous said...

Glad to see you back

Chris said...

Thanks Mel I have some other tracks (#7-11) from Gerry Mulligan Quartets - At The Philharmonic In Concert (1957-1962) from same date and group.

Dr. Clysmok said...

While I've been aware of Gerry Mulligan my whole life, I had never paid much attention to his music. Today you are helping me really listen, for the first time. Thanks!