Gerry Mulligan: Mulligan Meets Monk

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Label: RIVERSIDE
Catalog: OJC3459002
Format: CD

1 'Round Midnight - 8:28 2 Rhythm-A-Ning - 5:19 3 Sweet and Lovely - 7:17 4 Decidedly [Take 4] [Take] - 5:54 5 Straight, No Chaser [Take 3] [Take] - 6:59 6 I Mean You [Take 4] [Take] - 6:53 7 Decidedly [Take 5] [Alternate Take][*] - 6:38 8 Straight, No Chaser [Take 1] [Alternate Take][*] - 5:30 9 I Mean You [Take 1] [Alternate Take][*] - 6:24 10 I Mean You [Take 2] [Alternate Take][*] - 6:31

In the late 1950s/early '60s, baritonist Gerry Mulligan participated in several recorded "meetings" with jazz musicians whom he admired. For this set (reissued on CD in the OJC series), Mulligan teams up with pianist Thelonious Monk (who shares co-leadership), bassist Wilbur Ware, and drummer Shadow Wilson on a surprisingly successful date. Monk and Mulligan blend together quite well on what was essentially Thelonious' repertoire of the era including "'Round Midnight," "Rhythm-A-Ning," "Sweet and Lovely," and "I Mean You." [A remastered version was released in 2013.] ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

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