Gerry Mulligan
Mulligan Meets Monk

  1 x LP   150grs       alternative sleeve    + CD

Originally released in 1957 -2013 UK 180gvinyl +bonus CD-Remastered in London-Mulligan Meets Monk documents the 1957 meeting of two sharp musical minds. Though the pairing may seem unlikely, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan -- whose cool, West Coa...

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Release date 11-11-2013(originally released in 1957)

2013 UK 180gvinyl +bonus CD-Remastered in London-Mulligan Meets Monk documents the 1957 meeting of two sharp musical minds. Though the pairing may seem unlikely, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan -- whose cool, West Coast style blends dexterity with laid-back grace -- and Thelonious Monk -- whose radical, angular piano playing and thoroughly modern compositions are blueprints for the possibilities of bop -- sound remarkable together. In fact, it is the contrast between the players' styles that lends this set its balance and appeal. The program, which includes four compositions by Monk and one by Mulligan, is unassailable. Mulligan acquits himself admirably on the Monk classics "'Round Midnight," "Rhythm-a-ning," and "Straight, No Chaser," unfurling his smooth tone over their zigzagging melodies and ambitious scalar architecture. Mulligan's "Decidedly," a bright bop workout, fits easily alongside Monk's tunes, especially with the help of Monk's off-kilter, accented comping. Bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Shadow Wilson lend solid support to the spirited playing of the two leaders, making this top-notch session -- with its great tunes, chemistry, and soloing -- a true classic.

Produced by Orrin Keepnews Recorded in NYC August 12th 13th 1957,
Thelonious Monk Piano Gerry
Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Wilbur Ware Double Bass
Shadow Wilson Drums

Originally issued on Riverside Records RLP1106

Tracks
Side One
1 Round Midnight
2 Rhythm A Ning
3 Sweet & Lonely

Side Two
1 Decidedly Take5
2 Straight No Chaser Take 3
3 I Mean You

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 150grs
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Extra info: alternative sleeve
Bonus(cd,single,download): CD
Label: Birdland
Originally released: 1957
This release: 2013
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