Sunday, June 19, 2016

Two of a Mind - Gerry Mulligan & Paul Desmond

Altoist Paul Desmond and baritonist Gerry Mulligan always made for a perfect team during their infrequent collaborations. Both of the saxophonists had immediately distinctive light tones, strong wits, and the ability to improvise melodically. For this RCA CD (a series that reissued some of the earlier Bluebirds under the RCA banner), the two masterful reed players are featured in pianoless quartets that also include Wendell Marshall, Joe Benjamin or John Beal on bass, and Connie Kay or Mel Lewis on drums. The songs all utilize common chord changes including the two "originals" ("Two of a Kind" and "Blight of the Fumble Bee") and the interplay between Desmond and Mulligan is consistently delightful. Highly recommended.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Paul Desmond 
Gerry Mulligan
Two of a Mind


1 All the Things You Are (Hammerstein, Kern)  5:53
2 Stardust (Carmichael, Parish)  8:20
3 Two of a Mind (Desmond)  5:45
4 Blight of the Fumble Bee (Mulligan)  6:33
5 The Way You Look Tonight (Fields, Kern)  7:19
6 Out of Nowhere (Green, Heyman)  6:42
7 Easy Living* (Robin, Raigner)  7:29
8 All the Things You Are* [alt. take] (Hammerstein, Kern)  6:58
9 The Way You Look Tonight* [alt. take] (Fields, Kern)  7:52
10 Untitled Blues* Waltz (unkwnown)  9:45
11 Untitled Blues* Waltz [breakdown] (unkwnown)  1:38

* previously unissued


[# 1, 2, & 8]
Paul Desmond - as
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Wendell Marshall - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded at RCA Recording Studio A, New York City ; July 3, 1962
[# 3, 6, & 9]
Paul Desmond - as
Gerry Mulligan - bs
Joe Benjamin - b
Mel Lewis - dr
Recorded same place as above ; August 3, 1962
[# 4, 5, & 7]
Paul Desmond - as
Gerry Mulligan - bs
John Beal - b
Connie Kay - dr
Recorded same place as above ; June 26, 1962
[# 10 & 11]
Paul Desmond - as [& bs on # 11]
Gerry Mulligan - bs [add p on # 11]
Jim Hall - g
John Beal - b
Ed Shaughnessy - dr
Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City ; June 8, 1962


Terry said...

Many thanks for this. I had the original but not the alternates.

Kneigh said...

Anytime there's Desmond or Mulligan in my ears, my day gets brighter!! Been a huge fan of both of them since the 50's!!

Many thanx as always, Melanchthon!!


Kovina Kris said...

Wow, this one looks absolutely fantastic. Your blog never fails to blow me away Mel. Thank you!

PlantDoctor53 said...

Hi Mel, I agree with Kneigh!

Scoredaddy said...

incredible album! thanks

hcb said...

Fantastic Mr. M. Many thanks

cvllos said...

My download was incomplete, so I got your post, Melanchthon.
Thank you for your effort and good taste.

ProfessorCalculus said...

Many thanks for all the Music. Best Jazz Blog. Quality and the completeness of the upload is the very best, one can ask for. Many Thanks one again.

Jonathan F. King said...

A longtime favorite in LP form ... I'm so happy to have this + the outtakes!. Thanks...

tiritiuk said...

Fantastic album. A true jewel!

deGallo said...

Thank you.

Chris said...

Thanks Mel another great chapter in the lives of two excellent musicians.

neil said...

Magic, mel...

Melanchthon said...

AmyBRAINS said...

New to me. It's a good album!!
Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

Wow, great, I had the album, but there are some extra tracks, thanks a lot!

Fred Archtop said...

Thanks Mel. Great album.

adakun said...

Muchas gracias Mel, por todos estos discos maravillosos.

musician3 said...

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

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

Kovina Kris said...

So happy to get this one. Two of my favorite players. Thank you!

Starchild said...

Many thanks Mel!

kermitjazz said...

what's the password and keyfile?