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Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster

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AllMusic Review by Cub Koda

Make no mistake about it, the swing and bop start right here on this legendary 1959 session between baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan and tenor man Ben Webster. Produced by Norman Granz as an early Verve album. The opening track, Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge” is lush and emotional and truly sets the tone for this album. With Jimmy Rowles on piano (his intro on “Sunday” sounds like a ragtimer like Willie “The Lion” Smith just pushed him off the stool before the band came in), Mel Lewis on drums, and the always superb Leroy Vinnegar on bass present and accounted for, the rhythm section is superbly swinging with just the right amount of bop lines and chords in the mix to spice things up. The ghost of Duke Ellington hovers over every note on this record (Billy Strayhorn was one of his main arrangers) and that is a very good thing, indeed. There’s a beautiful, understated quality to the music on this session that makes it the perfect relaxing around the house on a rainy day drop the LP onto the platter. File this one under cool, very smooth, and supple.

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When jazz giants Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster collaborated for this legendary 1959 session, history was made, as was a classic record for the ages. This smooth and supple set is included among NPR’s “Basic Jazz Record Library.” The tunes are lush and emotional, driven along by a rhythm section that swings with just the right amount of bop.

“In listening to Gerry Mulligan,” Dave Brubeck once said,”you feel as if you’re listening to the past, present, and future of jazz, all in one tune, and yet it’s done with such taste and respect that you’re not ever aware of a change in idom.” – from liner notes by Nat Hentoff

“The rhythm section for this date is uncommonly right for the Webster-Mulligan meeting. Rowles, Lewis, and Vinnegar all base their playing on a knowledge of ‘the history of the language’ they’re using, and all three have secure, relaxed time. Furthermore, all three get solid, rounded sounds from their instruments…” – from liner notes by Nat Hentoff

Features:
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• 45rpm
• Double LP
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman

 

1. Chelsea Bridge
2. The Cat Walk
3. Sunday
4. Who’s Got Rhythm
5. Tell Me When
6. Go Home

 

Additional information

Weight 0.760 kg
Dimensions 32.0 × 32.0 × 2.0 cm