Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan: The Way You Look Tonight
The Way You Look Tonight
Two Of A Mind (Bluebird 64019)
Composed by Jerome Kern.
Recorded: New York, June 26, 1962
Rating: 100/100 (learn more)
Their light tones and upbeat lyricism an ideal match, Gerry Mulligan and Paul Desmondís Two of a Mind was destined to be a classic even before one note was recorded. Not only does the individual brilliance of the two soloists make this album a resounding success, but their shared contrapuntal conception and empathetic duetting are the elements that truly create the beauty within. On "The Way You Look Tonight," Mulligan weaves a delightful counterpoint around Desmondís melody, both tirelessly manipulating the altoistís five note motive that opens the track. Desmond takes the first solo, floating airily and unfurling long, relaxed phrases filled with surprising twists and turns. Kayís brushes churn behind the altoist before he unassumingly opens up with sticks to nudge Mulligan along through his two typically bright and fleet choruses. Desmond overdubs a third contrapuntal line for the transcendent final out-choruses, a breathtaking conclusion to a simply marvelous, must-have recording.
Reviewer: Matt Leskovic