A treasure trove of classic work from Gerry Mulligan – all pulled from those mid 50s years when he was really hitting his stride! CD 1 features the full Volume 2 of the California Concerts album for Pacific Jazz
– expanded to include the entire concert recorded in December of 1954 in San Diego. The group's a great one – and features Zoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Bunker, Red Mitchell, and Jon Eardley – on 9 titles that include I'll Remember April", "People Will Say We're In Love", "The Red Door", "Western Reunion", and "There Will Never Be Another You". CDs 2 and 3 bring together 3 complete Mercury albums by the Gerry Mulligan Sextet – as well as a number of bonus tracks too! The whopping set is a great document for this unique point in Mulligan's career – a time when he took things to the next level after his famous Pacific Jazz
recordings, and improved upon his already groundbreaking style by complicating the horn parts even more! The lineup includes Jon Eardley and Don Ferrara on trumpets, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor sax, and rhythm by either Peck Morrison and Bill Crow on bass, as well as Dave Bailey on drums. Although players shift a bit throughout, there's a really unified feel to the work here – even when piano is let back into the group through the back door – played a bit by either Mulligan or Brookmeyer, but in a new way of phrasing – almost rhythm-less in the way it's included as an element. 2CD package features a whopping 28 tracks – including "Mud Bug", "Apple Core", "Bernie's Tune", "La Plus Que Lente", "Blues", "Demanton", "Elevation", "Mainstream", "Igloo", "Blues At The Roots", "Broadway", and "Lollypop".
(Includes original slipcase.)