How neat it is to be able to hear concerts given at high schools 58 years ago! Shortly after parting with Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan replaced him with Jon Eardley on trumpet. Drummer Chico Hamilton was a holdover from the Mulligan/Baker group and Red Mitchell plays bass. These recordings show a continuation of the original Mulligan quartet sound but also feature the first recordings of a new sextet with Zoot Sims on tenor sax and Bob Brookmeyer on trombone for 4 tunes during the second half of concert number two. Mulligan plays piano to good effect on a couple of songs, as he was likely to do at times in the usually piano-less combos of the late 1950's. Brookmeyer tickles the ivories on one tune.
The sound quality was surprisingly good to me and all the musicians performed well on this 63 minute CD. Mulligan and Brookmeyer would both get somewhat better with time but are quite enjoyable here. Zoot and Red were already at the top of their form. Jon was a fine replacement for Baker.
If you are a fan of "cool" jazz or of Mulligan or Sims, you would be pleased to have this recording in your collection.