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Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band on Tour / Guest Soloist: Zoot Sims

Verve V-8438 (mono) (USA), released 1962

Just a year and a few months after the formation of his Concert Jazz Band, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan took the guys on a European tour, recording them 'live' in several major cities, including Milan, Italy, Berlin, Germany, and then back home in Santa Monica, California. Along with his own formidable arranging skills, Gerry utilised the arranging talents of Bill Holman and Johnny Mandel, and the soloists were mainly Gerry himself, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, the great Zoot Sims on tenor saxophone, along with underrated trumpeter Don Ferrara on "Barbara's Theme". Mandel wrote that one, along with Theme from "I Want To Live", a film starring Susan Hayward. Sims contributed "The Red Door", there are two treatments of Ben Webster's "Go Home", and a Mulligan original called "Apple Core". The band numbers fourteen musicians, and it sounds like more, such is the quality of the writing.

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