5 STARS DOWN BEAT MAGAZINE
The complete original Gerry Mulligan LP The Concert Jazz Band (Verve V6-8388), the first album released by this extraordinary Mulligan big band formation. Featuring such names as Zoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Conte Candoli, Gene Quill, Mel Lewis, and of course Mulligan himself. As a bonus, all surviving tunes from the band’s second studio session (recorded in between the three sessions that made up the LP), as well as three tracks recorded live in Milan four months after completing the album.
Includes 16-page booklet
GERRY MULLIGAN & the Concert Jazz Band:
GERRY MULLIGAN, baritone sax & conductor, plus:
DON FERRARA, CONTE CANDOLI, NICK TRAVIS trumpet
BOB BROOKMEYER valve trombone
WAYNE ANDRE trombone
ALAN RAPH bass trombone
ZOOT SIMS tenor sax
GENE QUILL clarinet & alto sax
DICK MELDONIAN alto sax
GENE ALLEN baritone sax & bass clarinet
BUDDY CLARK bass
MEL LEWIS drums
On track 8: Danny Stiles & Phil Sunkel (tp) replace Candoli & Travis; Jim Reider (ts) replaces Sims; Bill Takas (b) &
Dave Bailey (d) replace
Clark & Lewis.
New York, May 21 (track 8), July 25 & 27 (tracks 1-7), 1960.
9-12: Same personnel as 8. New York, June 1-3, 1960.
13-15: Same personnel as 1-7 except Willie Dennis (tb) replaces Andre;
Bob Donovan (as) replaces Meldonian, and Jim Reider (ts) added.
Live in Milan, Italy, November 14, 1960.
01 SWEET AND SLOW 5:17
02 BWEEBIDA BOBBIDA 5:47
03 MANOIR DE MES RÊVES (DJANGO’S CASTLE) 3:49
04 YOU TOOK ADVANTAGE OF ME 4:39
05 OUT OF THIS WORLD 3:50
06 MY FUNNY VALENTINE 5:03
07 BROADWAY 5:21
08 I’M GONNA GO FISHIN’ 5:54
09 I KNOW, DON’T KNOW HOW 4:38*
10 BARBARA’S THEME 5:08*
11 SWEET AND SLOW [first version] 4:25*
12 OUT OF THIS WORLD [first version] 3:38*
13 GO HOME [live] 7:47*
14 APPLE CORE [live] 4:18*
15 BARBARA’S THEME [live] 5:32*
Total Time: 75:11
DOWN BEAT original review:The Concert Jazz Band
“The main soloists on the record are Mulligan, Brookmeyer, and Sims. Mulligan builds his solos with more care than he has in some time. Each phrase relates to the next; each solo is like a story. This is one of the best records of 1960.” (Don DeMicheal)