Gerry Mulligan: La plus que lente

Track

La plus que lente

Artist

Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax)

CD

The Original Sextet – Complete Studio Master Takes (Lone Hill Jazz LHJ10242)

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Musicians:

Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Bob Brookmeyer (trombone), Zoot Sims (tenor sax), Bill Crow (bass), Dave Bailey (drums), Don Ferrara (trumpet).

Composed by Claude Debussy. Arranged by Gil Evans

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Recorded: New York, September 26, 1956

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

During the mid-1950s, Gerry Mulligan expanded his famous pianoless quartet to a pianoless sextet, allowing a return to the Birth of the Cool chamber orchestral ambience for which Mulligan had been largely responsible. The sextet's pièce de résistance was a transcription of Debussy's waltz for piano "La plus que lente" (1910). Gil Evans's arrangement, however, is neither waltz nor "more than slow" (title translation), but a tango, which was all the rage in 1910 Paris. True to the French Impressionist spirit, Mulligan and Evans make "La plus que lente" a ne plus ultra of modern jazz. Monsieur Claude, meet Messrs. Cool.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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