Gerry and Paul
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We take a look at two Verve label parings from the late 1950s: Ben Webster with Oscar Peterson, and Gerry Mulligan with Paul Desmond.

The iconic Oscar Peterson Trio teamed up with saxophonist Ben Webster in 1959 to record Ben Webster Meets Oscar Peterson, and from it, we'll hear the Ray Noble tune 'The Touch of your Lips.' Similarly, another important collaboration that happened around the same time and on the same label was Paul Desmond's encounter with Gerry Mulligan. The pair recorded together on an irregular basis, and on this show, we'll revisit them from their 1957 album Blues In Time.

We will also take a look at the work of UK drummer Phil Seamen also from the 1950's and in two different settings. Plus, there’s a new release by US pianist Cyrus Chestnut as well as another from Melbourne's Rory Clarke.

Tracks in this feature

1. 'Down Home Rag' - Chris Barber's American Jazz Band
Album: Chris Barber and the Clarinet Kings (Lake LACD 314)

2. '8.20 Blues' - Chris Barber's Jazz Band
Album: Chris Barber and the Clarinet Kings (Lake LACD 314)

3. 'Scrapple from the Apple' - Dizzy Reece Quintet
Abum: Phil Seamen: Seamen’s Mission (Proper 159)

4. 'Free' - Stan Tracey Trio
Album: Phil Seamen: Seamen’s Mission (Proper 159)

5. 'The touch of your lips' - Ben Webster and Oscar Peterson
Album: Ben Webster meets Oscar Peterson (Verve 5214482)

6. 'Fall Out' - Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet
Album: Blues In Time (Verve MGV 8246)

7. 'Weep No More' - Karla Harris
Album: Karla Harris sings the Dave and Iola Brubeck Songbook (Summit CDC 637)

8. 'Goodbye Gil' - Rory Clark
Album: Rory Remembers (Independent Release)   

9. 'Le magasin de porcelain' - Paris combo
Album: 5 Edition Australienne (Stem ST 1021)

10. 'Gloria's Step' - Cyrus Chestnut
Album: A Million Colors in Your Mind (HighNote HCD 7271)

11. 'Awake' - Jerry Bergonzi
Album: Rigamaroll (Savant SCD 2149)

12 'Isfahan' - Mike Nock/Roger Manins
Album: Two-Out (FWM Records FWM 005)

13. 'Blue Sway' - Larry Goldings Trio
Album: Ramshackle Serenade (Pirouet PIT 3077)

14. 'In Walked Bud' - Wolff & Clark Expedition 2
Album: Wolff & Clark Expedition 2 (Random Act RAR1015CD)

15. 'Misterioso' - Peter Herborn
Album: Large One (Jazzline JL 11542)

16. 'Bounce' - Jacob Young
Album: Forever Young (ECM 2366)

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Paul Desmond (born Paul Emil Breitenfeld; November 25, 1924 - May 30, 1977) was an American jazz alto saxophonist and composer, best known for the work he did in the Dave Brubeck Quartet and for composing that group's greatest hit, "Take Five". He was one of the most popular musicians to come out of the West Coast's cool jazz scene. In addition to his work with Brubeck, he led several of his own...

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