Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan|
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Has some great moments
Joost Daalder | South Australia | 09/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The original famous Mulligan-Baker quartet consisting of the two horns plus bass and drums, but without piano, lasted for only a year (from late 1952 to late 1953). It was a huge sensation in its day, and still sounds completely fresh and engaging now. This 1974 recording is certainly interesting given that for over twenty years Mulligan and Baker had gone their separate ways. Both solo to great effect here, especially Mulligan, who had become more versatile and exuberant in the interim, though not necessarily "better" than in his early days. Baker also makes a strong emotional and articulate impact, and at its best this record is a "ball" - vibrantly alive, and played at a consistently high level by all involved. However, in terms of sheer musical taste the performance is somewhat uneven, with the electric piano, for example, too often providing a somewhat "filmish", slick sentimentalism which one would have liked to do without. Those who are not bothered by such an element will undoubtedly think the record worth five stars, for there is plenty of great music to enjoy. - Joost Daalder"
David D. Gorrill | 08/22/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This live recording is based on the live partnership of both Baker and Mulligan. The men themselves have not performed together on stage for over a decade. "My funny valentine" an old classic has such embeded emtional outburst as a result. I have not heard anything like it. If you are a fan to the number, this is a must buy. Definitely one of the best efforts from both musicians. Just hear it."
West Coast all over again...
David D. Gorrill | Centerville, MA USA | 08/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My dad was a big fan of Mulligan and Baker, but had turned his back on jazz for Mantovani by the early 70's. Having found jazz myself during high school, I would search through record bins for releases that I thought would revive my father. This was the one. Not perfect, but about as good a CTI release as you will find. The group on the session includes Ron Carter (b), John Scofield (g), Bob James (keys), Harvey Mason (d), Dave Samuels (vibes) and Ed Byrne (trb).
The electric piano is definitely an artifact of the early 70's ( and without ring modulation, it just doesn't do it for me...), but the laid back west coast cool comes breezing over you oh so smoothly. Baker and Mulligan weave their lines beautifully throughout. You are immediately grabbed from the first notes of "Line for Lyons." As an aside, this was one of John Scofield's earliest recordings (some fine leads!).