Miles Davis: Jeru
Miles Davis Nonet
Birth of the Cool (Capitol Jazz RVG Edition 30117)
Addison “Junior” Collins (French horn), Bill Barber (tuba), Al Haig (piano), Joe Shulman (bass).
Composed by Gerry Mulligan.
Recorded: New York, January 21, 1949
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
Gerry Mulligan wrote more music for this ensemble than any other writer save John Lewis, and most of his contributions were played and recorded. "Jeru" is another example of Mulligan expanding his linear thinking, the harmony derived from the part writing rather than chordal blocks. Mulligan also indulges in changing time signatures – the 12-bar bridge is written as one 4/4 bar, one 3/4, one 2/4, four 3/4, one 6/4 and finally four bars of 4/4. The band obviously rehearsed this piece carefully, as they play this section with authority and confidence. Davis and Mulligan solo. Mulligan would write a version of this piece for Claude Thornhill's band, although a recording for Trend has a cut that misrepresents the arrangement.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof