Tuesday, April 06, 2010

A Line from One of the Lions of Jazz

On this day in 1927, Gerry Mulligan was born. The world of jazz, and baritone saxophone playing in particular, is far better for that event having taken place. He's no longer with us, but his music lives on.

I posted this video to Facebook this morning, and I thought it was worth sharing here as well:

"Line for Lyons" is one of my favorite Mulligan tunes, and he's in particularly fine form in this 1983 video from Italy, playing with a fire that belies his reputation as being solely in the "cool" school. Watch, listen and enjoy!

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