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Gerry Mulligan
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1927-04-06
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Biography

Although he was to become the most influential baritone saxophonist in jazz history, Mulligan began his career as an arranger, first for Gene Krupa and then the experimental band of Claude Thornhill (in which he briefly played alto sax). Throughout his ...

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Although he was to become the most influential baritone saxophonist in jazz history, Mulligan began his career as an arranger, first for Gene Krupa and then the experimental band of Claude Thornhill (in which he briefly played alto sax).

Throughout his career he combined a very original style of composition and arranging with his playing, but it was in the Miles Davis 'Birth of the Cool' nonet of 1949-50, with fellow arranger Gil Evans, that the two sides of Mulligan's work first found a suitable balance, on pieces like Jeru and Venus De Milo.

He fronted his own ten-piece band on disc (and for some live appearances) in the early 1950s, but in 1952 launched his famous 'piano-less' quartet with himself on baritone, Chet Baker on trumpet, plus bass and drums. Later front line partners included trumpeters Art Farmer and Jon Eardley, and valve-trombonist Bob Brookmeyer.

This light, chamber jazz group, with densely written ensemble passages alternating with wide-open solos was his most enduring contribution to jazz, and subsequently bands without chordal instruments became relatively commonplace. From the mid-1950s, Mulligan also led larger groups, ranging from a sextet to a big band, which he fronted off and on in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

His neatly textured writing was a feature of his groups of all sizes, but his own playing tended to be better showcased in smaller bands or quartets - including a long stint in Dave Brubeck's quartet from 1968-72.

He was always a hard-swinging player, but also capable of great expressivity on the large baritone sax, and he had a continued fascination with Latin rhythms that found expression in some of his final albums with a piano-bass-drums rhythm section. He continued playing until just a few weeks before his death from complications during knee surgery.



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Gerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan, Larry Bunker, Larry Bunker, Carson Smith, Carson Smith, Chet Baker, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz & Lee Konitz
Too Marvellous For Words
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Too Marvellous For Words Too Marvellous For Words Too Marvellous For Words Too Marvellous For Words
Gerry Mulligan, Kai Winding, Miles Davis, The Miles Davis Nonet, Al Haig, Junior Collins, John Barber, Joe Schulman, Lee Konitz & Max Roach
Move
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Move Move Move Move
Gerry Mulligan
Oh Mr Sauter? Yes, Mr Finegan
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Oh Mr Sauter? Yes, Mr Finegan Oh Mr Sauter? Yes, Mr Finegan Oh Mr Sauter? Yes, Mr Finegan Oh Mr Sauter? Yes, Mr Finegan
Gerry Mulligan, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Rowles, Leroy Vinnegar, Ben Webster & Mel Lewis
The Cat Walk
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The Cat Walk The Cat Walk The Cat Walk The Cat Walk
Chubby Jackson Big Band & Gerry Mulligan
Sax Appeal
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Sax Appeal Sax Appeal Sax Appeal Sax Appeal
Art Pepper, André Previn, Bill Perkins, Gerry Mulligan & Russ Freeman
Bread and Wine
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Bread and Wine Bread and Wine Bread and Wine Bread and Wine
Gerry Mulligan
Dream A Little Dream
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Dream A Little Dream Dream A Little Dream Dream A Little Dream Dream A Little Dream
Gerry Mulligan
Nights at the Turntable
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Nights at the Turntable Nights at the Turntable Nights at the Turntable Nights at the Turntable
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton
Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock)
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Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock) Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock) Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock) Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock)
Sam Woodyard, John Sanders, Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Quentin Jackson, Ray Nance, Russell Procope, Clark Terry, William "Cat" Anderson, Harry Carney, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Duke Ellington & His Orchestra, Britt Woodman, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Hamilton, Jimmy Woode & Shorty Baker
Prima Bara Dubla
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Prima Bara Dubla Prima Bara Dubla Prima Bara Dubla Prima Bara Dubla
Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer & Jim Reider
Blueport
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Blueport Blueport Blueport Blueport
Frank Isola, Bob Brookmeyer, Gerry Mulligan Quartet, GERRY MULLIGAN, GERRY MULLIGAN & Red Mitchell
Laura
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Laura Laura Laura Laura
Gerry Mulligan
All The Things You Are
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All The Things You Are All The Things You Are All The Things You Are All The Things You Are
Gerry Mulligan, Bernard Miller, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton
Bernie's Tune (feat. Bernard Miller, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton)
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Bernie's Tune (feat. Bernard Miller, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton) Bernie's Tune (feat. Bernard Miller, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton) Bernie's Tune (feat. Bernard Miller, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton) Bernie's Tune (feat. Bernard Miller, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton)
Jim Hall, Gerry Mulligan, Art Farmer, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Crow & Dave Bailey
Prelude in E Minor
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Prelude in E Minor Prelude in E Minor Prelude in E Minor Prelude in E Minor
Gerry Mulligan & Gerry Mulligan
K-4 Pacific
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K-4 Pacific K-4 Pacific K-4 Pacific K-4 Pacific
Jim Reider, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer & Mel Lewis
Let My People Be
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Let My People Be Let My People Be Let My People Be Let My People Be
Ben Webster, Jimmy Witherspoon, Gerry Mulligan, Jimmy Rowles, Leroy Vinnegar & Mel Lewis
How Long
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How Long How Long How Long How Long
Thelonious Monk, Thelonious Monk, Gerry Mulligan, Wilbur Ware & Shadow Wilson
Decidedly (feat. Shadow Wilson, Gerry Mulligan & Wilbur Ware)
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Decidedly (feat. Shadow Wilson, Gerry Mulligan & Wilbur Ware) Decidedly (feat. Shadow Wilson, Gerry Mulligan & Wilbur Ware) Decidedly (feat. Shadow Wilson, Gerry Mulligan & Wilbur Ware) Decidedly (feat. Shadow Wilson, Gerry Mulligan & Wilbur Ware)
Gerry Mulligan, Bob Brookmeyer, Red Mitchell & Frank Isola
Bernie's Tune (feat. Red Mitchell, Bob Brookmeyer & Frank Isola)
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Bernie's Tune (feat. Red Mitchell, Bob Brookmeyer & Frank Isola) Bernie's Tune (feat. Red Mitchell, Bob Brookmeyer & Frank Isola) Bernie's Tune (feat. Red Mitchell, Bob Brookmeyer & Frank Isola) Bernie's Tune (feat. Red Mitchell, Bob Brookmeyer & Frank Isola)
Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker
Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker)
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Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker) Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker) Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker) Lady Be Good (feat. Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Joe Mondragon & Larry Bunker)
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith & Larry Bunker
Cherry (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith & Larry Bunker)
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Cherry (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith & Larry Bunker) Cherry (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith & Larry Bunker) Cherry (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith & Larry Bunker) Cherry (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Carson Smith & Larry Bunker)
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Bobby Whitlock & Chico Hamilton
My Funny Valentine
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My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine
Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Carson Smith
Carioca (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Carson Smith)
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Carioca (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Carson Smith) Carioca (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Carson Smith) Carioca (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Carson Smith) Carioca (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Carson Smith)
Bob Whitlock, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan & Chico Hamilton
Lullaby of the Leaves
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Lullaby of the Leaves Lullaby of the Leaves Lullaby of the Leaves Lullaby of the Leaves
Bob Brookmeyer, Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank & Harry "Sweets" Edison
Maytag (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank & Harry "Sweets" Edison)
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Maytag (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank & Harry "Sweets" Edison) Maytag (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank & Harry "Sweets" Edison) Maytag (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank & Harry "Sweets" Edison) Maytag (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Bud Shank & Harry "Sweets" Edison)
Gerry Mulligan, bars; Chet Baker, t; Bob Whitlock, b; Chico Hamilton, d. 15 Oct 1952. & Gerry Mulligan
Walkin’ Shoes
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Walkin’ Shoes Walkin’ Shoes Walkin’ Shoes Walkin’ Shoes

Walkin’ Shoes

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Gerry Mulligan, bars; Chet Baker, t; Bob Whitlock, b; Chico Hamilton, d. 15 Oct 1952. & Gerry Mulligan
Art Farmer, t; Gerry Mulligan, bars; Bill Crow, b; Dave Bailey, d. 1959. & Gerry Mulligan
Blueport
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Blueport Blueport Blueport Blueport
Gerry Mulligan, bars; Tom Fay, kb; Jack Six or Jay Leonhardt, b; Bobby Rosengarden, d. 1977. & Gerry Mulligan
Introspect
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Introspect Introspect Introspect Introspect

Introspect

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Gerry Mulligan, bars; Tom Fay, kb; Jack Six or Jay Leonhardt, b; Bobby Rosengarden, d. 1977. & Gerry Mulligan
Chet Baker, t; Gerry Mulligan, bar; Carson Smith, b; Chico Hamilton, d. 2 Sep 1952. & Gerry Mulligan
Line For Lyons
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Line For Lyons Line For Lyons Line For Lyons Line For Lyons

Line For Lyons

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Chet Baker, t; Gerry Mulligan, bar; Carson Smith, b; Chico Hamilton, d. 2 Sep 1952. & Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan, bs, p, arr; Nick Travis, Clark Terry, Don Ferrara, t; Bob Brookmeyer, Willie Dennis, Alan Ralph, tb; Gene Quill, cl, as; Bob Donovan, as; Jim Reider, ts; Gene Allen, bs, bcl; Bill Crow, b; Mel Lewis, d. December 1960 & Gerry Mulligan
Black Nightgown
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Black Nightgown Black Nightgown Black Nightgown Black Nightgown

Black Nightgown

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Gerry Mulligan, bs, p, arr; Nick Travis, Clark Terry, Don Ferrara, t; Bob Brookmeyer, Willie Dennis, Alan Ralph, tb; Gene Quill, cl, as; Bob Donovan, as; Jim Reider, ts; Gene Allen, bs, bcl; Bill Crow, b; Mel Lewis, d. December 1960 & Gerry Mulligan
Gerry Mulligan
Don't Get Around Much Anymore
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Don't Get Around Much Anymore Don't Get Around Much Anymore Don't Get Around Much Anymore Don't Get Around Much Anymore
Ben Webster & Gerry Mulligan
Chelsea Bridge
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Chelsea Bridge Chelsea Bridge Chelsea Bridge Chelsea Bridge
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