Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker: Bernie's Tune


Bernie's Tune


Gerry Mulligan - Chet Baker Quartet


The Best of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker (Capitol/Pacific Jazz CDP 7 95481 2)

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Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Chet Baker (trumpet), Bob Whitlock (bass), Chico Hamilton (drums).

Recorded: Los Angeles, August 16, 1952


Rating: 100/100 (learn more)

In Los Angeles during the summer of 1952, transplanted New Yorker Gerry Mulligan inaugurated a new era of West Coast jazz. The bright, upbeat music of his pianoless quartet with 22-year-old trumpet phenom Chet Baker was noticed even by Time magazine. Coming in the wake of what Time called "the frantic extremes of bop," Mulligan & Baker's melodicism, focused solos and thoughtful counterpoint, jostled along by Chico Hamiltonís nimbly brushed snare and firmly booted bass drum, made jazz listenable again. Their signature "Bernie's Tune," a brilliant conceptual breakthrough, has long outlived the movement for which it served as a template.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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