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on 30 October 2011
It should be late at night, the lights dimmed to a warm glow, a large bourbon in one hand and the music of Gerry Mulligan's sextet coolly caressing the room as I write, but if it was now that time these smooth jazz touches and the bourbon's flow wouldn't be prompting me to scribe. So here I am in the morning, listening again because the aural transportation has a similar calming aura. Having been listening to Farmer, Golson and Fuller of late, I have also enjoyed visiting this 1963 recording of Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, Art Farmer on trumpet/flugelhorn, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, and Jim Hall on guitar. No piano, and this places these guys to the fore, especially the horns. It is the quintessence of cool. And the coolest track is the smooth 'Morning of the Carnival from Black Orpheus' where Mulligan's suspiring sound sooths in its softdeep solo along the latin groove, until the horns regroup and Mulligan reigns just over the harmonising. This is followed by 'In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning' where Mulligan has an extended opening and beautiful blow - the track's title supporting the premise for listening - and fourth number 'Prelude in E Minor' is another slowly paced nocturnal gem.

The cd features an additional track, a 1965 version of the opening title song, this time with Mulligan on clarinet. That solo is also sweet and engaging, but the quintet with piano and added 10 piece string section makes it more lounge and therefore mainly serves to highlight the beauty of the original and intimate set.
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on 14 August 2016
In my estimation this has to be one of Gerry's best albums. On my desert island this is the disc I would save from the waves. The "Bonus Track" shows you what happens when the money men move in of a brilliant musician.
I cannot imagine life without this CD (andI still have the vinyl original). When I move on to the next world this will be playing. Thanks Gerry, see you there.
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on 21 December 2013
One of my favourite sax players. This is a nice easy-listening, late evening album. If I had one 'criticism' it's that I'd like it to be longer.
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on 25 December 2012
Varied selection;good players,bob bookmeyer,jim hall.It is nice to hear one of Mulligan's forays into clarinet playing as well-very fine indeed
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on 20 June 2016
This has been one of my most favourite albums since 1967. Gerry Mulligan is out of this world as far as saxophone playing is concerned. Thank you.
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on 26 March 2015
This is a great album of very good relaxing music. I wish it was a lot longer.
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on 6 November 2014
Yet more memories of years past with all those dreams of what was to come.
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on 23 January 2015
Late night Sax playing could not get any better than this.
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on 8 October 2014
Excellent!!!
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