Stan Getz & Gerry Mulligan: Scrapple From The Apple


Scrapple From The Apple


Stan Getz (tenor sax) and Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax)


Getz Meets Mulligan in Hi-Fi (Verve 849 392-2)

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Stan Getz (tenor sax), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Lou Levy (piano), Ray Brown (bass).

Composed by Charlie Parker


Recorded: Los Angeles, October 12, 1957


Rating: 98/100 (learn more)

Recently reissued in a spanking fresh, restored digital recording, the inevitable summit meeting between the formidable tenor and bari sax masters has never sounded better. With a crack rhythm section hand-picked by Getz and Mulligan’s bold suggestion that they trade horns for some of the tunes, these Capitol sessions produced moments of brilliance. Though “Scrapple” didn’t make the original release due to time constraints, it was clearly one of those moments.

Happily, on Charlie Parker’s up-tempo bebop anthem Getz and Mulligan are back on their principal instruments in a lively, flowing dialogue in which they seem to complete each other’s musical sentences, two leading proponents of the West Coast cool movement speaking fluent bopish with the intensity of a 52ndbn Street cutting contest on a Saturday night.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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