If you are a Gerry Mulligan fan like I am, you like to hear what the man has created, either in the past or in his last years! Mulligan was such a giant talent in many ways, it is hard to believe he is gone. This fascinating 30-minute VHS film from Rhino is a true find, something to get hold of and enjoy.
It was originally recorded on Ralph Gleason's "Jazz Casual" series on July 18, 1962. A live performance, it gives a a very nice and complete historical perspective at one point in time of Gerry Mulligan playing piano and baritone saxophone. If you have not seen or heard Mulligan perform on piano, his intricate skills will surprise and delight you! He is joined by fellow musicians Gus Johnson on bass, Wyatt Ruther on drums, and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone. A standout first rate collection of five performances, with plenty of solo work, featuring a short introduction titled "Intro: National Educational TV Blues;" "Four For Three" (composed by Gerry Mulligan); "Dam That Dream" (a special arrangement of the song composed by DeLange/Van Huesen); "Open Country" (composed by Bob Brookmeyer); and "Utter Chaos" (composed by Gerry Mulligan).
This VHS film reveals the genius that was Gerry Mulligan, and how he created music, and how he performed with fellow musicians in a live setting. If you want a rare and enjoyable look at Gerry Mulligan back in a live recording on July 18, 1962, this is a must-have for your home video collection!
Contemporary jazz in a straight-ahead, classic performance is what Gerry Mulligan gives the jazz listener, and everything about these solos pleases. Five stars for this unusual jazz VHS home video.
Rhino deserves praise along with Toby Gleason for discovering this Mulligan classic and bringing it out on VHS home video for the jazz listeners who like Gerry Mulligan! Excellent!!!!