Track Selection: “These Foolish Things” >
Bonus selection: “All The Things You Are” >
Lee Konitz (as) Chet Baker (t) Gerry Mulligan (bars), Larry Bunker (d) Carson Smith or Joe Mondragon (b) recorded at various venues, January 23 and 30, February 1, 1953 Los Angeles, CA
Typical early Fifties West Coast, pitting the king of the alto against the king of the baritone, with Chet Baker thrown in for good measure. Everyone with total mastery of both instrument and genre, kicking off from a range of standards.
An Amazon customer review picks up the theme: ” Konitz, freed from Stan Kenton, has all sorts of new ideas about these old standards. And, for many of the cuts, as Lee explores the possibilities, you can hear Mulligan purring far in the background, every once in a while, moving to the foreground to make a few statements of his own. These two jazz minds talk to each other, tease each other,support and–in a gentle way–challenge each other…
Mulligan, Konitz, and Baker, of course, went their separate ways, Konitz and Mulligan to long and brilliant careers, Baker to a briefer, tragic, but still shining career. This, then, was a moment in time, and is now your chance to catch these giants sharing a stage, playing for and with one another, showing admiration and affection for each other’s talents and ideas”
Better said than by me.
Seems to have been quite a few West Coast Vogue UK releases come to market at the same time, offering temporary relief from the lack of affordable Blue Notes that I haven’t already got.
Sounds good in any event. Ever-dependable Decca pressing with 1B matrix codes.
There were a large number of “X meets Y” formula records at this time. With jazz populated by giant musical personalities, guesting must have become a way of life. Mulligan meets Konitz, Konitz meets Mulligan, Mulligan meets Monk, Monk meets Blakey, Konitz meets Giuffre, Konitz meets Friedman, Mulligan meets Ben Webster, Mulligan meets Johnny Hodges, Mulligan meets Scott Hamilton,and so on, you get the picture. Now with Twitter they can just follow each other. Inexpensive, not top of collectors wants lists, this is great classic jazz on the cheap.