Gerry Mulligan

Born 6 April 1927. Died 20 January 1996
Gerry Mulligan
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1927-04-06
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Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan Biography (BBC)

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.

Gerry Mulligan Biography (Wikipedia)

Gerald Joseph Mulligan (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and arranger. Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading jazz baritone saxophonists – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a significant arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others. Mulligan's pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the best cool jazz groups. Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. Several of his compositions, such as "Walkin' Shoes" and "Five Brothers", have become jazz standards.

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Nights At The Turntable
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Nights At The Turntable
André Previn
Bread and Wine
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Bread and Wine
Gerry Mulligan
Just In Time
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Just In Time
Gerry Mulligan
Bernie's Tune
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Bernie's Tune
Gerry Mulligan
You Took Advantage Of Me/Have You Met Miss Jones?
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You Took Advantage Of Me/Have You Met Miss Jones?
Gerry Mulligan
All The Things You Are
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All The Things You Are
Gerry Mulligan
Lullaby Of The Leaves
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Lullaby Of The Leaves
Gerry Mulligan
Good Neighbour Thelonious
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Good Neighbour Thelonious
Gerry Mulligan
Laura
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Laura
Ross, Annie & Gerry Mulligan
I Feel Pretty
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I Feel Pretty

I Feel Pretty

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Ross, Annie & Gerry Mulligan
Dave Brubeck
Blessed Are The Poor (Sermon On The Mount)
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Blessed Are The Poor (Sermon On The Mount)
Gerry Mulligan
Jeru
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Jeru
Gerry Mulligan
Blue Boy
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Blue Boy
Gerry Mulligan
Chelsea Bridge
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Chelsea Bridge
Gerry Mulligan
I'm Beginning To See The Light
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I'm Beginning To See The Light
Gerry Mulligan
Makin’ Whoopee
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Makin’ Whoopee
Gerry Mulligan
Disc Jockey Jump
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Disc Jockey Jump
Gerry Mulligan
Come Out Wherever You Are
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Come Out Wherever You Are
Gerry Mulligan
Apple Core
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Apple Core
Gerry Mulligan
I Mean You (Take 2)
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I Mean You (Take 2)
Gerry Mulligan
Let's Fall in Love
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Let's Fall in Love
Gerry Mulligan
Red Door
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Red Door
Gerry Mulligan
Walkin' Shoes
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Walkin' Shoes
Gerry Mulligan
Soft Shoe
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Soft Shoe
Gerry Mulligan
Wave
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Wave
Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster, Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster
Chelsea Bridge
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Chelsea Bridge

Chelsea Bridge

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Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster
Ben Webster
Gerry Mulligan
Venus de Milo
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Venus de Milo

Venus de Milo

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Miles Davis (trumpet)
Gerry Mulligan
Anos De Soledad
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Anos De Soledad

Anos De Soledad

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Astor Piazzolla
Gerry Mulligan & Astor Piazzolla
Gerry Mulligan
Spring Is Sprung
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Spring Is Sprung
Gerry Mulligan
Walkin’ Shoes
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Walkin’ Shoes
Gerry Mulligan
Lullaby of Leaves
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Lullaby of Leaves
Gerry Mulligan
In A Mellotone
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In A Mellotone
Gerry Mulligan
Lonesome Boulevard
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Lonesome Boulevard
Gerry Mulligan
Who's Got Rhythm
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Who's Got Rhythm
Gerry Mulligan
Motel
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Motel
Gerry Mulligan
Darn That Dream
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Darn That Dream
Chet Baker
Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock)
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Walkin' Shoes (feat. Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton & Bobby Whitlock)
Gerry Mulligan
Let My People Be
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Let My People Be
Gerry Mulligan
Night Lights (The Lonely Night)
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Night Lights (The Lonely Night)
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