THE ART OF GERRY MULLIGAN: THE FINAL RECORDINGS gives us a grand tour of the genius of the baritone saxophone, and his later work which is readily seen as flawless in these 13 selections. These are 1990s decade recordings. Gerry Mulligan died on January 20, 1996.
As a Gerry Mulligan listener over the decades, he always struck me as the epitome of cool and his musical performances both legendary and timeless. This is a CD that will be welcomed by all jazz listeners who like good music, and the selections are a great collection: "Paraiso," "Dragonfly," "Dream A Little Dream," "Wave," "O Bom Alvinho," "Noblesse," "Nobody Else But Me," "Brother Blues," "Art of Trumpet," "My Funny Valentine," "North Atlantic Run," "Oh, Mr Sauter? Yes, Mr. Finegan?," "Song for Strayhorn." This is Gerry Mulligan at his very finest.
Historically, it should be noted that Gerry Mulligan had a lasting effect on composers Jobim and Gilberto, and had an influence on Brazilian jazz getting underway during the 1950s. In fact, Mulligan and Jobim were lifelong friends. If ever a movie is made about Gerry Mulligan, it will prove to be interesting as a documentary of the times in which contemporary jazz and Mulligan evolved together.
THE ART OF GERRY MULLIGAN: THE FINAL RECORDINGS is a remarkable document and an enduring testament to the jazz greatness that was Gerry Mulligan. A classic CD. Five stars. Flawless. Perfect. Highly enjoyable.