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Jackie McLean and Jerry Mulligan
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Baritone to Alto


A Birthday Tribute to Jackie McLean

In the '60s, McLean was a mainstay of the Blue Note label, where he liberalized his concept, even recording with Ornette Coleman. In later years his bands often included his former students at the University of Hartford, where he'd taught for decades.


A Profile of Gerry Mulligan


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Gerry Mulligan, pictured here in 1993, also tried his hand at collaborations with string orchestras later in life.

NPR.org, April 16, 2008 - Arguably the most influential baritone saxophonist in jazz, Gerry Mulligan was also a commanding composer, arranger and bandleader, and played a pivotal role in developing the "cool jazz" sound and the West Coast jazz community. Mulligan extended his unwieldy instrument's vocabulary with his soft tone, rhythmic agility and harmonic brilliance, and established the "bari" sax as a solo instrument in small group settings

Gerry Mulligan died in January 1996, at the age of 68.


PLAY DATE: Sun, 05/11/2008
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9:08 PM Dave Brubeck Keepin' Out of Mischief Now CBS/Sony 65724
9:13 PM John Coltrane Autumn Serenade Impulse 157
9:17 PM Wynton Marsalis Lover CBS/Sony 47346
9:22 PM Jackie McLean Floogeh Blue Note 62670
9:29 PM Jackie McLean Demon's Dance Blue Note 62670
9:36 PM Ahmad Jamal Old Devil Moon FiveFour 16
9:40 PM Frank Sinatra Witchcraft Capitol 523502
9:43 PM Wayne Shorter Witch Hunt Blue Note 99001
9:52 PM Jay Hoggard Inner Rhythm JHVM 1


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