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Gerry Mulligan



Gerald Joseph "Gerry" 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 baritone saxophonists in jazz history - playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz - he was also a notable 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 more important cool jazz groups. Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments. Biography: Early life and career: Gerry Mulligan was born in Queens Village, Queens, New York, the son of George and Louise Mulligan. His father was a Wilmington, Delaware native of Irish descent; his mother a Philadelphia native of half Irish and half German descent. Gerry was the last of four sons: George, Phil, Don and Gerry. George Mulligan's career as an...

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On Jul 14, 2014. 7:23pm
Anonymous said

That main photo you have up there is of Zoot Sims, not Gerry Mulligan.

On Jul 21, 2014. 11:53am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for that. Discogs seemed to source the wrong picture, but we've added a correct one now.

On Sep 13, 2017. 9:42pm
Christopher Lynch said

Mulligan's innovative brilliance brought the beautiful bari into the front line. Groove on Jeru! We must bear in mind furthermore, that Gerry was a wonderful arranger. He more than pulled his weight during those ground-breaking "Birth Of The Cool" sessions all those years back. His piano-less quartet invoving Chet Baker was superb. Just wondering: Chet Baker was a sublime trumpet player, yet by his own admission, he was a very poor sight-reader - or 'no good on the dots' as older jazz musos used to say in my younger days. Despite knowing his keys, how did Chet cope with Mulligan's arrangements? He must have had incredible ears combined with a marvellous memory.
Blissful listening to all,
Christopher Lynch.

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