This release presents the complete original LP Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard (Verve V6-8396). It was the first live album released by this extraordinary Mulligan big band formation, which featured such distinguished musicians as Bob Brookmeyer, Conte Candoli Gene Quill, Mel Lewis, and of course Mulligan himself. As a bonus, another complete LP by the same band, Gerry Mulligan Presents a Concert in Jazz (Verve V6-8415), which was recorded at Webster Hall in studio conditions (with no audience present) the following year. The latter album contains fascinating arrangements of George Russell’s “All About Rosie” and Johnny Carisi’s “Israel” penned by their composers for these outstanding dates.
GERRY MULLIGAN (bs & cond.) , plus: DON FERRARA, CLARK TERRY , NICK TRAVIS (tp) BOB BROOKMEYER (v-tb) WILLIE DENNIS (tb) ALAN RAPH (b-tb) GENE QUILL (cl, as) BOB DONOVAN (as) JIM REIDER (ts) GENE ALLEN (bs, b-cl) BILL CROW (b), MEL LEWIS (d)
The Village Vanguard, New York, December 11, 1960.
*BONUS ALBUM: Gerry Mulligan Presents a Concert in Jazz Same personnel as above except Doc Severinsen (tp) replaces Clark Terry.
Webster Hall, New York, July 10 & 11, 1961.
Tracks: 01. Blueport 02. Body And Soul 03. Black Nightgown 04. Come Rain Or Come Shine 05. Lady Chatterley’s Mother 06. Let My People Be 07. All About Rosie* 08. Weep* 09. I Know, Don’t Know How* 10. Chuggin’* 11. Summer’s Over* 12. Israel*