Gerry Muligan: Four Videos

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Yesterday, I had an afternoon visit with Gerry Mulligan. I began listening to his piano-less quartet in 1952, then his tentet in ’53 followed by his groups with Bob Brookmeyer starting in 1954. The stuff still enchants with a fresh, clean, swinging sound.

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Which, of course, led me to YouTube. Here are four Mulligan clips, three of which went up recently [Photo of the Gerry Mulligan Sextet, from left, Bob Brookemeyer, Dave Bailey, Bill Crow, Zoot Sims, Oliver Beener and Gerry Mulligan, courtesy of the Library of Congress]:

Here’s Gerry Mulligan profiled on CBS Sunday Morning by pianist Billy Taylor in 1982…

Here’s a Mulligan masterclass in 1994…

Here’s a short clip with Beaver & Krause, a duo that pioneered electronic music in the 1960s and early ’70s, at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco with an appearance by Mulligan in 1971. Thanks to Tom Fine for sending along…

And here’s a track of Four Brothers to end all Four Brothers with, in order, Sims, Mulligan, Cohn, Getz and Cohn, with Getz, Cohn, Sims and Mulligan blowing two measures each at the end in 1966…

      

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