Gerry Mulligan – The Emarcy Sextet Sessions (mono, 5LP box set, 180g pressing)

# Vinyl
# Number of Discs: 5
# Format: FLAC
# DR Analysis: DR 13
# Label: Mosaic Records / Emarcy Records | MRLP 3008
# Size: 24-bit/192kHz (6.98MB), 24-bit/96kHz (3.50GB) and 16-bit/44.1kHz (0.99GB)
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The 1955-56 Gerry Mulligan Sextet was an outstanding ensemble on several levels. In Jon Eardley, Bob Brookmeyer and Zoot Sims, Mulligan found soloists with the same high degree of invention and melodic development that he possessed. The light buoyant swing of Peck Morrison and Dave Bailey without the weight of a chordal instrument was inspiring to the soloists and a joy for the listener. But the most compelling characteristic of this sextet was Mulligan’s ability to write brilliant arrangements for a small group that possessed the drive and intricacy of a big band.

From the Mosaic Records website:

The first stage of Gerry Mulligan’s career in the late forties was primarily as a composer/arranger for Elliot Lawrence, Gene Krupa, Claude Thornhill and the Miles Davis Nonet. Even his own first recording as a leader for Prestige in 1951, a tentet session entitled “Mulligan Plays Mulligan,” emphasizes those aspects of his music.

A funny thing happened when Gerry moved to Los Angeles in 1951. He started recording for Dick Bock’s fledgling Pacific Jazz Records in June 1952. His first informal session was as stripped down as a band can get with just Red Mitchell and Chico Hamilton in support of his baritone sax.

The quartet with Chet Baker and a residency at The Haig in downtown Los Angeles ensued within a couple of months. The absence of a piano in the group brought them a lot of attention, but it was the counterpoint in the artful arrangements and the interplay between Mulligan and Baker that defined the music.

The light, buoyant sound of the pianoless quartet obviously appealed to Gerry. After Baker left to pursue his own career, valve trombonist Bob Brookmeyer and then trumpeter Jon Eardley filled his spot.

Side One
01 – Mud Bug
02 – Sweet and Lovely
03 – Apple Core
04 – Nights at the Turntable

Side Two
05 – Broadway
06 – Everything Happens to Me
07 – The Lady is a Tramp
08 – Bernie’s Tune

Side Three
09 – Elevation
10 – Mainstream
11 – Ain’t It the Truth

Side Four
12 – Igloo
13 – Blue at the Roots (Root Blues)
14 – Lollypop

Side Five
15 – Makin’ Whoopee
16 – Demanton
17 – Duke Ellington Medley:
           a) Moon Mist
           b) In a Sentimental Mood

Side Six
18 – Westwood Walk
19 – La Plus Que Lente
20 – Blues

Side Seven
21 – Blues (first version)
22 – The Lady is a Tramp (first version)
23 – Demanton (first version)

Side Eight
24 – Broadway (first version)
25 – Sweet and Lovely (short version)
26 – Bernie’s Tune (short version)
27 – Blues (alternate take)

Side None
28 – Broadway (alternate take)
29 – Demanton (alternate take)
30 – Everything Happens to Me (alternate take 1)

Side Ten
31 – Everything Happens to Me (alternate take 2)
32 – The Lady is a Tramp (alternate take)
33 – Westwood Walk
34 – La Plus Que Lente (first version)

Additional info for this box set can be found here, here and here.


Gerry Mulligan – baritone sax, piano
Bob Brookmeyer – valve trombone, piano
Zoot Sims – tenor sax
Jon Eardley -trumpet
Don Ferrara – trumpet
Peck Morrison – bass
Bill Crow – bass
Dave Bailey – drums

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7 thoughts on “Gerry Mulligan – The Emarcy Sextet Sessions (mono, 5LP box set, 180g pressing)

  1. Steve: a mind-blowing rip! I donated to you before and wanted to on this particular ask but stuff reared its head. I’m going to see if I still have your e-mail address because I happen to be in possession of an out-of-print Mosaic LP set that I’m sure you would do wonders with.

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