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Billy Taylor & Gerry Mulligan: Live at MCG

Pianist Billy Taylor has collaborated with so many extraordinary musicians over the years, onstage and on NPR, that it’s easy to take such encounters for granted-that is, until something as welcomed as this recording arrives unexpectedly and delivers one thoroughly enjoyable performance after another.

Recorded live at Pittsburgh’s Manchester’s Craftmen’s Guild in 1993, the album finds Taylor in a very familiar setting, accompanied by his longtime trio mates-bassist Chip Jackson and drummer Winard Harper-and hosting a special guest, in this instance, very special. Baritone saxophonist Mulligan sounds perfectly at ease with the company he’s keeping and with a mostly standards repertoire.

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