Gerry Mulligan and The Concert Jazz Band – At The Village Vanguard (1961/2014)
DSD128 (.dsf) 1 bit/5,6 MHz | Time – 40:34 minutes | 3,2 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:34 minutes | 843 MB
High Definition Tape Transfers, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
“Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard” is a live album recorded by American jazz saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded at the Village Vanguard in late 1960 which were originally released on the Verve label in 1961.
Of all the recordings made by Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band in the 1960s, this is the definitive one. There are many high points, including “Body and Soul” (which has fine solos from the baritone/leader and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer), “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and the swinging “Let My People Be,” but “Blueport” takes honors. On the latter, after hot solos by Mulligan, trombonist Willie Dennis, and Jim Reider on tenor, Mulligan and trumpeter Clark Terry have a lengthy trade-off that is quite hilarious with a countless number of quotes from different songs; at one point they trade off cities. This music is essential.
01 – Blueport
02 – Body and Soul
03 – Black Nightgown
04 – Come Rain or Come Shine
05 – Lady Chatterley’s Mother
06 – Let My People Be
Recorded on December 11, 1960 at Village Vanguard, NYC.
Transferred from Verve 4-track tape by HDTT.
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone, piano on “6”
Clark Terry – trumpet
Don Ferrara – trumpet
Nick Travis – trumpet
Willie Dennis – trombone
Alan Raph – bass trombone
Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone
Bob Donovan – alto saxophone
Gene Quill – alto saxophone, clarinet
Jim Reider – tenor saxophone
Gene Allen – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
Bill Crow – bass
Mel Lewis – drums