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Gerry Mulligan: Mosaic Select 21

In December of 1957 Gerry Mulligan found himself multitasking big time. Pacific Jazz Records producer Richard Bock had come to New York to supervise a marathon run of sessions, including four prospective Mulligan albums. This edition of the Mosaic Select series captures the fruit of the baritone saxophonist’s labors.

The first of the recording dates yielded Reunion, a get-together with Mulligan’s former partner, trumpeter Chet Baker, with whom he had last with worked in 1953. While modeled after the original pianoless quartet that had led both men to fame, the 1957 foursome has an edgier feel, no doubt related to the more aggressive rhythm section of bassist Henry Grimes and drummer Dave Bailey, and the fact that both horn men had significantly widened their dynamic ranges over the intervening years. An attractively frisky quality pervades the session.

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