Concert Jazz Band Live At The Village Vanguard
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Concert Jazz Band Live At The Village Vanguard

3 Jun 2002

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  Song Title
Body And Soul
Black Nightgown
Come Rain Or Come Shine
Lady Chatterley's Mother
Let My People Be

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  • Original Release Date: 7 May 2002
  • Release Date: 7 May 2002
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.
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  • Total Length: 40:48
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 162,725 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous 29 Sep 2013
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I had this cd for a number of years and unfortunately I was burgled and my cd collection disappeared . I had a excellent insurance policy and with the help of a specialist dealer replaced most of my cd's but not this one (this was before Amazon) Now I once again posses this jewel of big band jazz. I always think of the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band as a beautiful shooting star of big band jazz. Initially financed by the munificent and very great entrepreneur Norman Granz he of J.A.T.P, the Pablo record label and Verve amongst others? Norman had great taste in the arts in general see some of the iconic designs for said labels. He recognised the prodigious talents of Gerry Mulligan from the original quartet with Chet Baker to his many interactions with many of the very great mainstream musicians in which he was perfectly at home. He also sympathetically interacted with Monk and was also a very significant member of the Brubeck Quartet après Paul Desmond. Most importantly apropos this disc he was a terrific composer and arranger and one of the greatest baritone sax players in jazz history possibly the greatest oh I have just remembered Serge Chaloff well ok the second greatest So Mulligan supremely talented and cosmopolitan through the largess of Granz forms the Concert Jazz Band sounds a teeny bit pretentious that title?. Believe me it was not it was exactly what it said on the tin very much in the mould of his great idles Ellington Basie and Woody Hermans great Herds. But Mulligan was is own man he had is own ideas which he shared with amongst others Bob Brookmeyer who is very much an equal member of this great ensemble It was a small big band if that is not an oxymoron ie thirteen pieces as opposed to the usual fifteen or sixteen pieces. Read more ›
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If You Dont Enjoy This I feel truly sorry for You!!!!OUTSTANDING BIG BAND MUSIC!!!!!!With a feeling that make You hear both the musicians AND the publics enjoyment!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is incredible 21 Jan 2006
By Pharoah S. Wail - Published on
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I bought this sometime in 2005, loved it, but decided not to review it because right on the sleeve (it's a cardboard package with the cd slipped inside a fuzzy little envelope like the Sam Rivers - Crystals package, not a jewel case) it says it's a limited release that goes out-of-print in september of 2005. I just figured there's no point in reviewing it since the review would effectively die in several months. Now here we are in 2006 and it's still available.

The band is Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax and piano. Mel Lewis drums. Bill Crow bass. Nick Travis, Clark Terry, Don Ferrara trumpets. Bob Brookmeyer, Willie Dennis, Alan Ralph trombones. Gene Quill clarinet and alto saxophone. Bob Donovan alto. Jim Reider tenor saxophone. Gene Allen baritone saxophone and bass clarinet.

Who knows how much longer this will be around. If you think you might want it, GET IT. This band is amazing and the sound of the recording is fantastic! I like the couple slower tunes too, quite lovely interpretations of these tunes, but the uptempo stuff is the heart and soul of this album. There's not a single note I'd want to change here and the intensity is really something to behold. This band swings ruthlessly and the soloing is impeccable.

Even if you're not what you'd call a "big-band person", don't let that stop you. Glenn Miller this is not! Then again if you have high blood-pressure or arthritis you may want to take your medicine before popping this into the player because your heart-rate will rise and you're going to be moving. This is one of my favorite cds I bought in all of 2005 and from my first listen last year to my most recent listen yesterday, I've been in envy of everyone who ever attended a concert by this band on one of their good nights. I assume this was a phenomenal night because this thing knocks me out from the first track to the last, but if they were even better than this, and if that stuff was recorded, then please some label, any label, release or re-release all those albums because my soul and wallet are waiting.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrific Big Band Jazz 29 Oct 2002
By Frank Levy - Published on
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This was a terrific record when it was issued and it is just as good today. The up-tempo pieces feature tight arrangements and great solos and the band's enthusiasm is infectious. The balads are lovely as well. The sound on the CD is excellent. I would recommend the CD to any jazz lover.
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It has finally arrived 24 May 2002
By Robert N. - Published on
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I've been waiting a long time for the reissue of the Concert Jazz Band albums. Granted this is only one but it is one of the better ones. I had hoped that Mosiac would do a "complete" box set but with this release it appears that is a dream. The music on this CD is excellent. The CD sound is much crisper than my LP and cassette versions. I would recommend this album to any jazz fan especially someone into big bands... A classic that deserved better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Early 1960's "Big Band" Jazz 24 May 2007
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The Concert Jazz Band was not your usual big band. At one point Gerry worked with what he called a "tentet" - this is kind of an outgrowth of that instrumentation. Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Mel Lewis and of course Gerry Mulligan are at the top of their form here.

Also try to find "Concert Jazz Band On Tour" (with Zoot Sims) which is listed on Amazon as available new. There's also a live Paris recording of this group now available, which features Zoot as a guest soloist. I bought all the original Verve CJB albums on vinyl when I was learning to play tenor sax. Used to love to try to swing along with Zoot Sims and Gerry Mulligan.

Gerry put together a ten member group in 1992 to re-record the "Birth of the Cool" music. Called "Re-Birth Of The Cool" it was recently available on the GRP label as a CD. This is very worthwhile as well - as are the original sessions (with Miles Davis) from 1949. Phil Woods plays superbly on alto in place of Lee Konitz on the newer "Birth". Wallace Roney plays a commendable trumpet, and I think I like Mulligan's work as much or more in his old age as in his 20's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as it gets big band jazz! 11 Oct 2005
By Gregg G. Soininen - Published on
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For those of you who were never enthralled with the Gerry Mulligan-Chet Baker "West Coast" cool school sound, do NOT overlook this album. The writing is excellent and Clark Terry and Mel Lewis bring the fire you would expect to the live date proceedings. Remember those "Cannonball" Adderley live club recordings where the excitement was palpable? You get that here. The beautiful finale to the record is "Let My People Be" where Clark Terry inspires the entire band to chuck the written arrangement and start riffing ad-lib Basie-style behind him. It's better than you-know-what and one wishes it'd never end!
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