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Bluebird Reissues ’62 Classics

In case you hadn’t already seen them on store shelves, we thought we’d hip you to a couple of recent releases from the reissue-happy Bluebird: Two of a Mind by Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan and Chet Is Back! by the Chet Baker Sextet. Both records date from 1962 and each disc has been outfitted with bonus material.

Originally released as a Desmond date, Two of a Mind was one of RCA’s best selling discs in the ’60s. The issuing of the album under Desmond’s name was due to contractual reasons. Mulligan and Desmond are on every track, but the rhythm section changes. Sometimes it’s bassist Wendell Marshall and drummer Connie Kay, sometimes it’s bassist Joe Benjamin and drummer Mel Lewis, and sometimes it’s Benjamin and Kay. The five previously unreleased tracks are “Easy Living,” two alternate versions of Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and a couple of blue waltzes from another session with guitarist Jim Hall, bassist John Beal and drummer Ed Shaughnessy.

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