Gerry Mulligan/Paul Desmond Quartet – Blues in Time

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Gerry Mulligan / Paul Desmond Quartet (later retitled Blues in Time) is a jazz album by Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan released in 1957 on the Verve label. The idea for this album was born in 1954, then postponed till summer of 1957 when Desmond suggested to record some pieces together. Producer Norman Granz managed to set up the recording date for the first session in August. Blues in Time was also reissued on Verve V 8478 with a different cover (Wikipedia).

“This is truly a fine example of modern mainstream jazz, another example from that definitive year of 1957, and though it’s sadly a one-shot, it’s a document thankfully preserved that should be treasured by all fans of jazz” – Michael G. Nastos/AllMusic.


Track listing:
“Blues in Time” (Paul Desmond) – 9:01
“Body and Soul” (Johnny Green, Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton) – 9:38
“Standstill” (Gerry Mulligan) – 3:30
“Line for Lyons” (Mulligan) – 3:08
“Wintersong” (Desmond) – 6:58
“Battle Hymn of the Republican” (Desmond) – 7:45
“Fall Out” (Mulligan) – 5:45

Personnel:

Paul Desmond – alto saxophone
Gerry Mulligan – baritone saxophone
Dave Bailey – drums
Joe Benjamin – bass

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Released: Late November/early December 1957
Recorded: August 2, 1957
Capitol Studios, Los Angeles
August 27, 1957
Fine Sound Studio, New York
Length: 45:48
Label: Verve
MGV 8246
Producer: Norman Granz