Although baritone sax is a relatively rare horn, especially amongst band-leaders, Mulligan is currently well-represented on disc, and this wonderfully comprehensive and inexpensive collection is a delicious introduction to the man, and his arrangements. Once you add in the fact that you also have the chance to sample Mulligan in partnership with Getz, Monk, Konitz, Webster, Baker, Farmer, and Hodges, it becomes almost mouth-watering, especially when you investigate the reviews of these individual albums in either the Penguin or All Music jazz guides.
Mulligan's arrangements often inspire the best from both horns, and for me the collaborations with Konitz, Farmer, and Webster are possibly the cream of the crop, with the rendition of 'Chelsea Bridge' from the latter quite sublime (in fact his work with Webster is filled with beauty throughout). Sound quality is good, and many of the performances have a spontaneous feel, particularly the album with Hodges.
I can only think of two other highly recommended Mulligan collections,either Four Classic Albums [Gerry Mulligan Meets Johnny Hodges / What Is There To Say? / Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster / Gerry Mulligan Quartet At Storyville
], which largely duplicates the best albums on this collection, or One Man, One Sax (10CD)
, which offers a chronology over 10 discs. In the latter largely live performances, you have to endure rather muddy sound for the first two discs, but thereafter there's plenty to enjoy (but alas, no Webster).
However, given the price and the range of material/artists involved, this is now the top Mulligan collection to acquire for sheer 'baritone bliss'. Suggest you grab this bargain while it remains at such a modest price.