Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band: Weep
Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band
Gerry Mulligan Verve Jazz Masters 36 (Verve)
Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax),
Nick Travis, Doc Severinsen, Don Ferrara (trumpets), Bob Brookmeyer, Willie Dennis, Alan Raph (trombones), Gene Quill (clarinet), Bob Donovan (alto sax), Jim Reider (tenor sax), Gene Allen (baritone sax, bass clarinet), Bill Crow (bass), Mel Lewis (drums).
Composed & arranged by Gary McFarland.
Recorded: New York, July 10 or 11, 1961
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
After Gary McFarland arrived in New York City in the fall of 1960, he met Bob Brookmeyer, who invited him to a rehearsal of Gerry Mulligan's new Concert Jazz Band. "Weep" was McFarland's entrée into the CJB and, as it turned out, the New York recording scene. It has all of the elements of McFarland's best work: lyricism, harmonic sophistication, orchestral colors reflecting the influences of Ellington and Gil Evans, and a trace of melancholy. The ending is unforgettable.
Reviewer: Bill Kirchner
Tags: 1960s jazz