Posts Tagged ‘Gerry Mulligan’

Weekend Playlist

16 May 2011

“The state can’t give you freedom, and the state can’t take it away. You’re born with it, like your eyes, like your ears. Freedom is something you assume, then you wait for someone to try to take it away. The degree to which you resist is the degree to which you are free…” ~ Utah Phillips


Delaney & Bonnie | Motel Shot


MFSB | Love Is The Message


Herbert | Scale


Ohio Players | Skin Tight


United Soul | Music With Funkadelic


Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan | In Session


The Allman Brothers Band | Dreams


Whiskeytown | Pneumonia


The Insect Trust | The Insect Trust


Gene Ammons | Boss Tenor


Oscar Peteterson | Oscar Peterson Trio + 1 (Clark Terry)


Gerry Mulligan & Ben Webster | Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster


Ben Webster | At Ease


Miles Davis | Kind Of Blue


Miles Davis | Filles de Kilamanjaro


Peace Orchestra | Peace Orchestra Reset


Fujiya & Miyagi | Lightbulbs


Utah Phillips | All Used Up


King Floyd | King Floyd


Eddie Hazel | Jams From The Heart


Donny Hathaway | Extension Of A Man

Weekend Playlist

15 November 2010

“I wanted to be the first woman to burn her bra, but it would have taken the fire department four days to put it out.” ~ Dolly Parton


Ray Charles | The Genius Of Ray Charles


Bo Diddley | Where It All Began


Various Artists | The Bristol Sessions


Cowboy Junkies | The Trinity Sessions


David Bromberg | Wanted Dead Or Alive


Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson | From South Africa To South Carolina


Bad Company | Bad Co.


John Fahey | The Yellow Princess


Dolly Parton | Coat Of Many Colors


Robert Plant | Now And Zen


Elvis Presley | His Hand In Mine


Joe Henderson | Page One


Horace Silver | The Stylings Of Silver


Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster | Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster


Roland Kirk | We Free Kings


Ike Quebec | It Might As Well Be Spring


Lee Morgan | The Rumproller


Jimmy Smith with Stanley Turrentine | Prayer Meetin’


Brother Jack McDuff | Down Home Style


Ben Webster | Saturday Night At The Montmartre

Weekend Playlist

15 February 2010

“I’m just trying to get the ideas out before the inspiration is gone. Everything I do is motivated by the fear of running out of time.” ~ Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., aka Jay Reatard


Jay-Z | The Blueprint


Street Sweeper Social Club | Street Sweeper Social Club


Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson | The First Minute Of A New Day


Ween | The Mollusk


Pixies | Bossanova


Suicide | Suicide


Jay Reatard | Matador Singles ’08


John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers | With Eric Clapton


Lonnie Mack | Glad I’m In The Band


Talking Heads | Talking Heads: 77


Brazilian Girls | Brazilian Girls


Various Artists | Hi:Fidelity Lounge Volume Three: Cosmopolitan Grooves


Neil Young | On The Beach


Whiskeytown | Strangers Almanac


Them Crooked Vultures | Them Crooked Vultures


Various Artists | Woodstock Soundtrack


The Miles Davis Quintet | Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet


The J.J. Johnson Sextet | J.J. Inc


Hank Mobley, Al Cohn, John Coltrane, Zoot Sims | Tenor Conclave


Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan | Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan
[album cover not pictured]

Weekend Playlist

26 October 2009

“We almost caved the roof in.” ~ George Clinton

Whiskeytown | Pneumonia
Whiskeytown | Pneumonia

Jerry Garcia Band | Cats Under The Stars
Jerry Garcia Band | Cats Under The Stars

The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You
The Rolling Stones | Tattoo You

M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2
M. Ward | Duet For Guitars #2

Beastie Boys | Check Your Head
Beastie Boys | Check Your Head

The Black Keys | Thickfreakness
Black Keys | Thickfreakness

Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Dead Kennedys | Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables

Zeph & Azeem | Rise Up
Zeph & Azeem | Rise Up

Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life
Stevie Wonder | Songs In The Key Of Life

Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below
Outkast | Speakerboxxx/The Love Below

Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston
Toots & The Maytals | Funky Kingston

Pink Floyd | The Wall
Pink Floyd | The Wall

Various Artists | Old School Vs. New School
Various Artists | Old School Vs. New School

Talking Heads | Remain In Light
Talking Heads | Remain In Light

Funkadelic | Cosmic Slop
Funkadelic | Cosmic Slop

Blue Mitchell | Blue's Moods
Blue Mitchell | Blue’s Moods

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man Soundtrack

The Meters | Rejuvenation
The Meters | Rejuvenation

Van Halen | Fair Warning
Van Halen | Fair Warning

Weekend Playlist

13 July 2009

Music, not sex, got me aroused.” – Marvin Gaye†

Queens Of The Stone Age | Rated R
Queens Of The Stone Age | Rated R

New Order | Republic
New Order | Republic

Various Artists | KB Presents... Early 90's Hip-Hop Gems & Walkman Hits
Various Artists | Early 90′s Rap Gems & Walkman Hits

Miles Davis | E.S.P.
Miles Davis | E.S.P.

Howlin' Wolf | Howlin' Wolf
Howlin’ Wolf | Howlin’ Wolf

Spank Rock | Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo
Spank Rock | Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo

Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man
Marvin Gaye | Trouble Man

Hercules And Love Affair | Hercules And Love Affair
Hercules And Love Affair | Hercules And Love Affair

The Human League | Dare
The Human League | Dare

Frankie Goes To Hollywood | Welcome To The Pleasuredome
Frankie Goes To Hollywood | Welcome To The Pleasuredome

Chic | Greatest Hits
Chic | Greatest Hits

Sting | Bring On The Night
Sting | Bring On The Night

Magnolia Electric Co. | Trials & Errors
Magnolia Electric Co | Trials & Errors

Freddie King | Let's Hide Away and Dance Away
Freddie King | Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away

Gabor Szabo | ©Paul Slaughter
Gabor Szabo | Blowin’ Some Old Smoke
[Album cover not pictured]

Richard & Linda Thompson | Shoot Out The Lights
Richard & Linda Thompson | Shoot Out The Lights

Front 242 | Front By Front
Front 242 | Front By Front

Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation
Sonic Youth | Daydream Nation

Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes | Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes
Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes | Disco Tex & His Sex-O-Lettes

Various Artists | Soul Sides Volume One
Various Artists | Soul Sides Volume One

Tom Tom Club | Close To The Bone
Tom Tom Club | Close To The Bone

Jane's Addiction | Nothing's Shocking
Jane’s Addiction | Nothing’s Shocking

Cymande | Second Time Around
Cymande | Second Time Around

The Rolling Stones | Emotional Rescue
The Rolling Stones | Emotional Rescue

Various Artists | Disco Hustle
Various Artists | Disco Hustle

KC & The Sunshine Band | Part 3
KC & The Sunshine Band | Part 3

Ben Webster | Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves
Ben Webster | Atmosphere For Lovers And Thieves

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

Thelonious Monk | Thelonious Monk Quartet Plus Two At The Blackhawk
Thelonious Monk | At The Blackhawk

Dino Valente | Dino
Dino Valente | Dino

Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes | Fleet Foxes

*****

†[The opinion expressed here is the viewpoint of Marvin Gaye, and doesn't necessarily reflect the opinion of dk presents...]

Bad Apple: Let’s Get Lost

10 July 2009

[Today: The ghost of Chet Baker...]

Chet Baker | Sings And Plays From The Film "Let's Get Lost"

In general I’m a big fan of Chet Baker’s music. Most everything he made before 1970 is worth a spin, and although his stuff with strings is a little trying, his recordings with Gerry Mulligan rank as some of the greatest music ever preserved on tape. But by 1987, when much of this music was recorded, he was spent both musically and physically. Listening to these songs is a grueling experience for anyone, but particularly for a Baker fan who knows what he sounded like in the 50′s and 60′s and can weigh how much his skills had deteriorated in the intervening decades.

Chet Baker Sings And Plays From The Film “Let’s Get Lost” is a selection of songs from a 1989 documentary that follows Baker during the last years of his life and juxtaposes that footage with images of his younger self. Baker was a longtime heroin addict, and by the 1980′s his personal habits had taken an obvious toll on his music and appearance – by the time these songs were recorded, he looked ravaged by time, and could barely carry a tune. ‘Moon & Sand (Motivo di Raggi di Luna)’ is a slurred mess, ‘For Heaven’s Sake’ sounds like an inebriated and unskilled Chet Baker impersonator (although his trumpet work on this song is the highlight of the album), and the rest veers between sloppy and sleepy.

I’ve not seen the accompanying documentary, so perhaps I’m missing the visual context that gives this music its purpose. Director Bruce Weber was responsible for all the iconic black and white 50′s photos of Baker that have helped shape his pretty-boy jazz legend. Weber was reportedly interested in contrasting the young, handsome Baker with the scarred mess that he’d become. Cinematically that’s all well and good, but musically it’s a big fat downer. Baker’s horn doesn’t sound bad, but his voice – not great to begin with – is beyond shot, and unfortunately he sings on almost every song here. And while tracks like ‘Blame It On My Youth’ have a certain poignancy that would serve as excellent anti-drug messages, I can’t imagine Let’s Get Lost is anybody’s idea of a good time.

Weekend Playlist

2 March 2009

Here’s a sampling of what passed over our turntable this weekend:

Art Pepper - Intensity
Art Pepper | Intensity

Lee Morgan | Tom Cat
Lee Morgan | Tom Cat

Miles Davis | E.S.P.
Miles Davis | E.S.P.

Donald Byrd | Long Green
Donald Byrd | Long Green: The Savoy Sessions

Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport
Duke Ellington | Ellington At Newport

Dexter Gordon | One Flight Up
Dexter Gordon | One Flight Up

Johnny Griffin | The Little Giant
Johnny Griffin | The Little Giant

Roy Eldridge | Heckler's Hop, 1935-40
Roy Eldridge | Heckler’s Hop: 1935-1940

Booker Little | Booker Little
Booker Little | Booker Little

J.J. Johnson | J.J. Inc.
J.J. Johnson | J.J. Inc.

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker
Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

Thelonious Monk | Monk's Music
Thelonious Monk | Monk’s Music

Clark Terry | Serenade To A Bus Seat
Clark Terry | Serenade To A Bus Seat

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Like Someone In Love
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers | Like Someone In Love

Hank Mobley | The Turnaround!
Hank Mobley | The Turnaround!

Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um
Charles Mingus | Mingus Ah Um

Masterpiece: Mulligan/Baker

1 December 2008

[Today: Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker make sweet music together...]

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker | Mulligan/Baker

We’ve all been there: stuck in a job with a detestable co-worker, forced to be professional and put the interest of the team ahead of personal feelings. Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan were kind of like that. Both had ongoing drug problems, quick tempers, and a history of fantastically failed personal relationships. In spite of having so much in common, they didn’t like each other very much. But they obviously checked their feelings at the studio door, because the music they made together stands as a high water mark in the history of recorded Jazz.

The Gerry Mulligan Quartet of 1952 and 1953 was a piano-less band featuring Baker on trumpet and Mulligan on baritone sax, along with drums and bass. This was an unusual group configuration for the time, but it worked as well as Mulligan had envisioned – the lack of piano gave him and Baker the space to solo and play off one another. Unfortunately – and predictably – a 1954 drug bust put Mulligan on the sidelines, and the group ultimately broke up. Mulligan and Baker would reunite a handful of times over the next several decades, but none of their subsequent collaborations satisfy with the gusto of their early-50′s recordings.

Mulligan/Baker is a SPECIALLY PRICED TWO-RECORD SET† compiling 19 tracks that go well beyond just the piano-less Quartet of ’52 and ’53. The recordings gathered here represent one of the main templates of the “cool” West Coast strain of Jazz, but everyone else operating under that umbrella could only hope to capture a fraction of the sparks that Mulligan and Baker made together. They may have barely tolerated one another, but musically they were the best of friends.

Listen: Moonlight In Vermont [recorded January 1953]

Listen: My Funny Valentine [recorded September 1952]*

*****

You digital/cd people are on your own here…
*Both MP3s taken from vinyl!


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