Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond & the Dave Brubeck Trio | The Complete 1972 Berlin Concert


4th November 1972, Berliner Philarmonie: on the stage the trio of the pianist Dave Brubeck with Jack Six (bass) and Alan Dawson (drums), together with the magnificent Paul Desmond (alto sax) and Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax).

A high standard “white” jazz directly descending from the cool, therefore from the European cultured tradition rather than from the afro American blues. It featured the splendid reading of Take Five, a classic composition by Desmond, which became, after this live performance, one the most listened tracks in jazz history.

Definitely not secondary, from a musical point of view, are Blues For Newport, Line For Lyons, Mexican Jumping Bean, Sign Off, Truth and Unfinished Woman and the classics All The Things You Are, Someday My Prince Will Come, These Foolish Things... As a bonus, Jazz Row added other seven tracks, with Mulligan and Desmond playing together along with Jaki Byard (piano) and Milt Hinton (bass), recorded in 1969 in New Orleans.

But the value of this double CD set is the fact that it represents, for the most part, an unpublished work. In fact from the night in Berlin, only a part was issued by Atlantic in 1973 as an insert of the album We're All Together Again For The First Time.


Gerry Mulligan, Paul Desmond & the Dave Brubeck Trio

The Complete 1972 Berlin Concert

Jazz Row
2 CD
Total Time CD1 71:33 - CD2 74:20

by Antonello
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