Gerry Mulligan – The Concert Jazz Band

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A distinguished member of the Better Records Jazz Hall of Fame.

If you’ve never heard a good All Tube Recording of the baritone sax, buy this record — it will blow your mind! 

Huge amounts of ambience fill out the space the extends from wall to wall (and all the way to the back wall of the studio), leaving plenty of room around each of the players.

Full-bodied sound, open and spacious, bursting with life and energy — these are the hallmarks of our Truly Hot Stampers. If your stereo is cookin’ these days, this record will surely be an unqualified Sonic Treat.

We guarantee that no heavy vinyl pressing, of this or any other album, has the kind of analog sound found here. (Or your money back.)

Talk about Tubey Magic, the liquidity of the sound here is positively uncanny. This is vintage analog at its best, so full-bodied and relaxed you’ll wonder how it ever came to be that anyone seriously contemplated trying to improve it.

This album HAS the sound of Tubes. No recordings will ever be made like this again, and no CD will ever capture what is in the grooves of this record. There actually is a CD of this album, but those of us in possession of a working turntable could care less. You can be sure it doesn’t sound like this record.


Side One

Sweet And Low 
Bweebida Bobbida 
Manoir Des Mes Reves ( Django’s Castle) 
You Took Advantage Of Me

Side Two

Out Of This World 
My Funny Valentine 
I’m Gonna Go Fishin’

Review and Background

The Concert Jazz Band is an enigmatic name for those who have not yet experienced the unusual sound of the American saxophonist and arranger Gerry Mulligan. But all becomes quite clear after listening to the very first bars of this debut album recorded by the newly founded combo in 1960.

The ensemble is made up of all the usual instruments, but its sound of jazz is far from usual! Instead of a bombastic tone and soloists intent on prominence, carefully defined groups of wind instruments present themselves singly, then retire to allow others to come forward, with each group finally returning to prowl around one another warily, like tigers in the arena.

Mulligan stages a thrilling musical spectacle in which fierce rivalry, song-like harmony and refined counterpoint play the main roles. With its brilliant transparency, sonority and optimal identification of the instruments location, this… recording should not be missed by any cool jazz fan.

This out-of-print Verve LP has the first recording by Gerry Mulligan’s Concert Jazz Band, his 13-piece unit of the early 1960’s. In addition to the bartonist-leader (who also provided the arrangements), the other key soloists include tenor-saxophonist Zoot Sims and valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer; drummer Mel Lewis propels the ensembles.

Highlights include “Bweebida Bobbida,” a chart on Django Reinhardt’s “Manior Des Mes Reves” that recalls Claude Thornhill, a remake of “My Funny Valentine” and a hard-swinging version of “I’m Gonna Go Fishin’.”