Remastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Lee Konitz, Gerry Mulligan, Chet Baker, Carson Smith, Joe Mandragon and Larry Bunker join forces to create this spontaneous and inventive jazz album.
"O.K., so it's mono. And, for much of the recording, Mulligan's quartet seems simply to be backing Konitz. But hang on, this is a marvelous little gem. Mulligan on the baritone, Konitz on alto, and -- yes -- Chet Baker on trumpet. How can you pass this up?
"But this is more than an artifact. This is jazz at its spontaneous and inventive best. Konitz, freed from Stan Kenton, has all sorts of new ideas about these old standards. And, for many of the cuts, as Lee explores the possibilities, you can hear Mulligan purring far in the background (mono, remember), and, every once in a while, moving to the foreground to make a few statements of his own. These two jazz minds talk to each other, tease each other, support and -- in a gentle way -- challenge each other.
And, of course, in a few cuts, Baker's sweet trumpet announces itself and joins the two sax players in their explorations. The now-unheralded but extremely deft Carson Smith takes on most of the bass responsibilities, and provides -- along with Larry Bunker on drums -- a solid stage for Baker, Mulligan, and Konitz to swing on.
"Mulligan, Konitz, and Baker, of course, went their separate ways, Konitz and Mulligan to long and brilliant careers, Baker to a briefer, tragic, but still shining career. This, then, was a moment in time, and is now your chance to catch these giants sharing a stage, playing for and with one another, showing admiration and affection for each other's talents and ideas.
Mono--so what? This is a treasure from the vaults of Pacific Jazz." - Tom Schusterbauer
The surfaces of both these LPs [PPRLP1224 Chet Baker Chet Baker & Crew & PPRLP38 Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan Konitz Meets Mulligan] are impeccable -- as quiet as vinyl gets. This helps reveal the personality of each recording all the better. Marc Mickelson, www.theaudiobeat.com, 3.5/5 Music, 3.5/5 Sound!
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180g Vinyl Analogue
Pressed at Pallas in Germany
Lee Konitz, alto saxophone
Gerry Mulligan, baritone saxophone
Chet Baker, trumpet
Carson Smith, bass
Joe Mandragon, bass (1,5,7)
Larry Bunker, drums
1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
3. Almost Like Being In Love
5. Oh Lady Be Good
6. Bernie's Tune
7. Oh Lady Be Good (alternate version)
8. Too Marvelous For Words
9. Lover Man
10. I'll Remember April
11. These Foolish Things
12. All The Things You Are
Recorded in Los Angeles at the Haig, January, 1953.