Gerry Mulligan And The Concert Jazz Band At The Village Vanguard // Gerry Mulligan (Verve V-8396)

After exploring the arranged side of jazz, let's move to another major sub-genre of jazz:  'Live jazz'.  Live jazz is arguably the best type of jazz, the most free, most spontaneous type of jazz.  The musicians feed off the energy of the audience, and the audience is in turn energized by the musicians.  Everybody is [...]

The Gerry Mulligan Songbook Volume 1 // Gerry Mulligan Feat. Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Lee Konitz, and Allen Eager (World Pacific Records PJ-1237)

These last few posts have been an exploration in the sub-genres of jazz, using these unofficial categories as fun way to rediscover my record collection (as well as provide a systematic way to decide which record to write about next).  This post continues my focus on 'arranger jazz' with an interesting album from Gerry Mulligan. [...]

Gerry Mulligan Quartet // Gerry Mulligan (Pacific Jazz PJLP-1)

This record marked the fruitful beginning of both Gerry Mulligan's West Coast piano-less sound and the Pacific Jazz Records label.  Both would do much to popularize the laid-back, more academic sound of jazz that blew in from the Coast.  All of that began in 1952 with this album. The Music Tune:  "Walkin' Shoes" Recorded:  15-16 [...]