In early 1958 Gerry Mulligan formed the last, and some say the best, of his legendary piano-less quartets, this time featuring trumpet virtuoso Art Farmer - plus Bill Crow on bass and Dave Bailey, drums. This new Lone Hill release presents the complete concert at Adriano's Theatre in Rome on June 19th, 1959, as well as an added bonus track of Mulligan's "Utter Chaos" recorded in Stockholm, with the same band, on May 19th. Complex compositions, fluid arrangements & interplay and dynamic technique are on show throughout.
This is a rather relaxed recording featuring baritonist Gerry Mulligan and some of his top alumni (trumpeter Art Farmer, trombonist Bob Brookmeyer, guitarist Jim Hall, bassist Bill Crow, and drummer Dave Bailey) exploring three of his own songs (including "Festive Minor"), Chopin's Prelude in E minor, "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," and "Morning of the Carnival" (from Black Orpheus). The emphasis is on ballads and nothing too innovative occurs, but the results are pleasing and laid-back.
An incredible presentation of the most practical exercises an aspiring jazz student could want. All are logically interwoven with fine "real world" examples from jazz to classical. This book is an essential anthology of technical, compositional, and theoretical exercises, with lots of musical examples.