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. [...]

Jazz Immortal // Clifford Brown- Featuring Zoot Sims (Pacific Jazz PJ-3)

As a record collector, I collect records.  Obviously, right?  But as my friends say, there's a message in there somewhere.  In the course of collecting records, there are albums that get played once, twice, or for a season, only to be put back on the shelf, forgotten and neglected.  Having bought a new turntable that's [...]

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 [...]