Sunday, July 3, 2011

Gerry Mulligan - Lonesome Boulevard

The 1989 Gerry Mulligan Quartet (with pianist Bill Charlap, bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Richie De Rosa) is well featured on this enjoyable set, performing "Splendor in the Grass" and nine recent Gerry Mulligan compositions including "Lonesome Boulevard," "The Flying Scotsman" and "Good Neighbor Thelonious." Baritonist Mulligan deserves great credit for the consistency of his recordings during the previous 40 years. This CD is easily recommended for the leader remained very much in his prime. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Originally released on A&M in 1990, 6 years before his passing, this album shows Mulligan still playing well as he enters his twilight years. The LP starts out with a trip to Brazil with the samba-favored opener. Other upbeat tunes include "Ring Around a Bright Star" & "The Flying Scotsman." The rest of the tracks are either mid tempo like "Good Neighbor Thelonious" (obviously named after jazz pianist/composer Monk), or the laid back easy-listening jazz that he's been known for since his cool jazz days of the 1950s like the title track, "Splendor in the Grass" (the only tune in the LP not written by Mulligan), "Wallflower" (which sounds like it could have been written by either Ellington, Strayhorn or both) or the closer which has a Baroque feel to it.
Also of note is the fact that Mulligan has a pianist here. While he rarely has one in his bands, he uses one regularly in his later years. The pianist here, Bill Charlap does a great job being behind Mulligan, not grabbing the spotlight too much while at the same time adding great chord changes & providing some good solos. - by dwood78, Amazon.com


Artist: Gerry Mulligan
Album: Lonesome Boulevard
Year: 1989
Label: A&M (1990)
Total playing: 49:15

Tracks:
1.  Rico Apollo 3:36 
2.  I Heard the Shadows Dancing 5:19 
3.  Lonesome Boulevard 4:19 
4.  Curtains 8:06 
5.  Ring Around a Bright Star 4:30 
6.  Splendor in the Grass 4:48 
7.  Good Neighbor Thelonious 4:58 
8.  Wallflower 5:35 
9.  The flying Scotsman 5:29 
10.  Etude for Franca 2:30 
All compositions - by Gerry Mulligan

Personnel:
Gerry Mulligan (Baritone Saxophone)
Bill Charlap (Piano)
Dean Johnson (Double Bass)
Richie De Rosa (Drums)

5 comments:

  1. Thks for that great share, but got a problem to expand the archives: seem not to be .rar. Am I doing sthg wrong? Cheers!

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  2. Hi Zardoz
    All files are rar. So...

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  3. Finaly, after redownloading all files, it worked! Beautiful comps, fine cover too, where the angry young man seems now -almost- peaceful. That 4tet was a good one, and the session is a pleasure but it was the rule during the whole career of that great musician. Thks for all the bright moments you share here!

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