And, of course, in a few cuts, Baker’s sweet trumpet announces itself and joins the two sax players in their explorations. The now-unheralded but extremely deft Carson Smith takes on most of the bass responsibilities, and provides – along with Larry Bunker on drums – a solid stage for Baker, Mulligan, and Konitz to swing on.
Mulligan, Konitz, and Baker, of course, went their separate ways, Konitz and Mulligan to long and brilliant careers, Baker to a briefer, tragic, but still shining career. This, then, was a moment in time, and is now your chance to catch these giants sharing a stage, playing for and with one another, showing admiration and affection for each other’s talents and ideas.
Mono – so what? This is a treasure from the vaults of Pacific Jazz.
3. Almost Like Being In Love
5. Oh Lady Be Good
6. Bernie’s Tune
7. Oh Lady Be Good (alternate version)
9. Lover Man
10. I’ll Remember April
11. These Foolish Things
12. All The Things You Are