Gerry Mulligan – Gene Norman Presents The Original Gerry Mulligan Tentet And Quartet

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Gene Norman Presents the Original Gerry Mulligan Tentet and Quartet is a compilation album by saxophonist and bandleader Gerry Mulligan featuring performances recorded in 1953 and originally released as two 10 inch LPs, one on the Gene Norman Presents label and one on Capitol.

“A natural extension of Tadd Dameron’s concept of bop arranging for big band (and big band arranging for small group), this album features one of Dameron’s compositions (“Lady Bird”), along with a handful of standards: a Miles Davis original and eight Mulligan compositions that truly represent the West Coast style in both sound and spirit. A young but exciting Chet Baker is heard throughout on trumpet; other West Coast notables include Bud Shank, Pete Candoli, and Chico Hamilton, and the entire ensemble performs admirably. For those interested in the ’50s West Coast scene, or new fans looking for quintessential Gerry Mulligan, look no further than Tentet and Quartet.” – Gregg Juke/AllMusic.

Track listing:
“Westwood Walk” (Gerry Mulligan) – 2:33
“Simbah” (Gerry Mulligan) – 2:57
“Walkin’ Shoes” (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:37
“Rocker” (Gerry Mulligan) – 2:27
“A Ballad” (Gerry Mulligan) – 2:53
“Taking a Chance on Love” (Vernon Duke, Ted Fetter, John La Touche) – 2:50
“Flash” (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:14
“Ontet” (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:14
“Varsity Drag” (Ray Henderson, Lew Brown, Buddy DeSylva) – 2:20
“Speak Low” (Kurt Weill, Ogden Nash) – 2:09
“Half Nelson” (Miles Davis) – 3:00
“Lady Bird” (Tadd Dameron) – 4:28
“Love Me or Leave Me” (Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn) – 3:25
“Swing House” (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:18

Recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in Hollywood, California on January 29, 1953 (tracks 1, & 3-5) and January 31, 1953 (tracks 2 & 6-8) and in Los Angeles, California on May 7, 1953 (tracks 9-14).

Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone, piano
Chet Baker, (tracks 1-16) Pete Candoli (tracks 1-8) – trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen – valve trombone (tracks 1-8)
John Graas – French horn (tracks 1-8)
Ray Siegel – tuba (tracks 1-8)
Bud Shank – alto saxophone (tracks 1-8)
Don Davidson – baritone saxophone (tracks 1-8)
Joe Mondragon (tracks 1-8), Carson Smith (tracks 9-14) – bass
Larry Bunker (tracks 2 & 6-14), Chico Hamilton (tracks 1 & 3-5) – drums


Released: 1954
Recorded: January 29 & 31 and May 7, 1953
Studio: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, California and Los Angeles, California
Label: GNP
Producer: Gene Norman