Speakers Corner / CTI CTI 6054/5 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl
Pure Audiophile Mastering - Pressed at Pallas - Limited Edition
Remastered for speakers corner by willem makkee , the music sounds as fresh as the 1974 original and the flawless pallas pressing improves on the original by a generous margin Sound 9/10 Music 9/10 Dennis Davis HIFI +
The third encounter of the cool, swinging art of Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker took place in New York’s Carnegie Hall on a cold November day in 1974. So-called Cool Jazz had long since arrived and become popular on the East Coast with the result that the concert hall must have been filled to the last seat. The two hadn’t performed together on stage for ten years, rivalry and who knows what else had put an end to the highly successful pianoless quartet.
In spite of the enormously high expectations – the Carnegie Hall fills all musicians with awe due to the echoes of concerts given by such classical and jazz great as Artur Rubinstein, George Gershwin and their successors over many generations – every melody is wonderfully relaxed from the very first note on. This is surely due to the excellent rhythm group (with piano!). This is made up of musicians from the 'new generation' – musicians who were sucking on dummies in their prams when the two veterans came together for the first time in 1952.
Oldies such as "Bernie’s Tune," "My Funny Valentine" and "Line For Lyons," and new compositions like "Song For Strayhorn" and "Song For An Unfinished Woman" constitute a successful blend both for the two performers on stage and the audience alike. And there is no experimenting – no one wants to play or hear that – however the high level of communication is tangible everywhere.
It makes sense to release the two individual LPs as a double album. What’s more: the cover photo is exactly the same for both releases and you get almost 80 minutes of West Coast cool-hot jazz at its very best!
Gerry Mulligan (baritone saxophone)
Chet Baker (trumpet)
John Scofield (guitar)
Bob James (piano)
Ron Carter (bass)
Harvey Mason (drums)
Ed Byrne (trombone)
Dave Samuels (vibraphone, percussion)
Gerry Mulligan And Chet Baker Carnegie Hall Concert
LP1 - Volume 1
1. Line For Lyons
2. (Song) For An Unfinished Woman
3. My Funny Valentine
4. Song For Strayhorn
LP2 - Volume 2
1. It's Sandy At the Beach
2. Bernie's Tune
3. K-4 Pacific
4. There Will Never Be Another You