Baritone saxophone player Gerry Mulligan made a lot of highly regarded albums in his long career, but perhaps none more so than his 1961 live recording, Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard. We’ll let the review from Allmusic.com describe it for you:
Of all the recordings made by Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band in the 1960s, this is the definitive one. There are many high points, including “Body and Soul” (which has fine solos from the baritone/leader and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer), “Come Rain or Come Shine,” and the swinging “Let My People Be,” but “Blueport” takes honors. On the latter, after hot solos by Mulligan, trombonist Willie Dennis, and Jim Reider on tenor, Mulligan and trumpeter Clark Terry have a lengthy trade-off that is quite hilarious with a countless number of quotes from different songs; at one point they trade off cities. This music is essential.
In the mid-1980s, this album was released as a limited edition pressing by Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs. The master tapes were used to cut an acetate at half speed, resulting in better definition and deeper bass. The record was pressed on high quality virgin vinyl by JVC in Japan and issued in deluxe packaging as a limited edition.
This copy is still sealed, and sounds about as good as any copy of this album you’re ever likely to find. The album retains its original loose wrap with a perforated bag for easy opening. There are no tears or rips in the wrap and no splits or damage to the cover.
This is a beautiful copy of an iconic jazz album that’s becoming increasingly difficult to find in new condition.
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