Bill Charlap & Ted Rosenthal – The Gerry Mulligan Songbook

Artist: Bill Charlap & Ted Rosenthal
Title: The Gerry Mulligan Songbook
Year Of Release: 1996
Label: Chiaroscuro Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 70:21 min
Total Size: 163 MB

01. Line For Lyons
02. Walkin’ Shoes
03. Song For Strayhorn
04. Bark For Barksdale
05. Curtains
06. Rocker
07. Lonesome Boulevard
08. Festive Minor
09. Noblesse
10. Wood On Wood
11. Jazzspeak

This excellent CD features pianists Bill Charlap and Ted Rosenthal, who both played stints with Gerry Mulligan; bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent (who conceived this session) are also Mulligan alumni. What is unusual about this Mulligan tribute is that it covers his compositions without reeds of any kind. Mulligan was an excellent pianist (he played some piano with his groups in the 1950s and ’60s and stuck to piano exclusively during his guest appearance on Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz); the give and take between Rosenthal and Charlap captures the essence of their former leader’s works. The two pianists play together without their rhythm section on the jaunty "Walkin’ Shoes" and the lesser-known but dramatic ballad "Curtains." Ron Vincent’s crisp brushwork is added to the pianos during "Bark for Barksdale." Rosenthal’s feature with the trio is the melancholy "Lonesome Boulevard," while "Noblesse," a relatively obscure ballad, is Charlap’s trio feature. The remaining tracks utilize the full quartet; "Line for Lyons" and "Wood On Wood" are among the choice cuts. Perhaps the quartet will choose to explore "Good Neighbor Thelonious" and "K-4 Pacific" on a follow-up session. A chat by the musicians, titled "Jazzspeak," concludes the CD. ~ Ken Dryden
Featuring: Bill Charlap, Ted Rosenthal (piano), Dean Johnson (bass) and Ron Vincent (drums).

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