Listened to a few Mulligan records today & Yesterday: Gerry Mulligan meets Paul Desmond, The Original Quartet with Chet Baker & a cool record where Monk and Mulligan share leadership called Mulligan meets Monk.
All three were great in their own way. Mulligan & Desmond blend really beautifully. The Original Quartet sides have some excellent counterpoint (who writes like that?) & a really neat sound, like they’re playing in someone’s garage, very live and unpolished. The record with Monk is cool, though I can’t get Ethan Iverson’s bugaboos about playing Monk out of my head, and it kind of colours the way I hear this record (like, you can’t play Monk, you’re not Monk! But wait, you’re with Monk, so does that make it OK?). Plus having read this blindfold test recently, I can’t stop thinking about what it would be like to work with TM – would it be fun, or just kind of confusing?