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Let’s take a walk back over 50 years in jazz history to the making of this live
recording at the Village Vanguard. These six numbers have certainly not gathered
the dust or become musty. Quite the opposite in fact. Where, today, can one find
a group which can play a contemporary composer and arranger’s complex
arrangements with such precision yet so relaxed and swinging?
The team of Cohn-Mandel-Brookmeyer and the boss himself provided the framework
for the soloists, the public was electrified right from the very start, an
absolutely top performance was demanded and the recording team was luckily on
Exciting exchanges in the opening number "Blueport," the tender "Body And Soul"
in an arrangement by Gerry Mulligan and an excellent solo by Clark Terry in
"Black Nightgown" are the highlights of Side 1. "Come Rain" features the tightly
knit sound of the ensemble, while "Lady Chatterley" gives Clark Terry a further
opportunity to show off his musicianship in a brilliant final solo. In "Let My
People Be," Mulligan sits down at the piano, the Concert Band closes their music
books and a glorious, improvised dialogue takes place between the saxophones and
the rest of the band.
A top class album that certainly deserves to keep on spinning on the turntable -
even half a century later.
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Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone, piano
Don Ferrara, Clark Terry, 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
2. Body and Soul
3. Black Nightgown
4. Come Rain or Come Shine
5. Lady Chatterley's Mother
6. Let My People Be