Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker – The Carnegie Hall Concert Vol. 1 (1975)

Gerry Mulligan & Chet Baker
The Carnegie Hall Concert – Volume 1
CTI Records 1975 (6054 S1)

A1         Line For Lyons     8:17
A2         (Song) For An Unfinished Woman     8:53
B1         My Funny Valentine        8:38
B2         Song For Strayhorn    9:35

Recorded At – Carnegie Hall
Distributed By – Motown Record Corporation
Design – Bob Ciano
Liner Notes – Doug Ramsey
Producer – Creed Taylor
Remix – Rudy Van Gelder
Photography  – Carl Roodman

Bass – Ron Carter (tracks: A1 to B2)
Drums – Harvey Mason (tracks: A1 to B2)
Electric Piano – Bob James (tracks: A1, A2, B2)
Engineer – Dave Hewitt, John Venable
Guitar – John Scofield (tracks: A1 to B1)
Percussion – Dave Samuels (tracks: A2 to B2)
Piano – Bob James (tracks: B1)
Saxophone – Gerry Mulligan (tracks: A1 to B2)
Trumpet – Chet Baker (tracks: A1, B1)
Vibraphone – Dave Samuels (tracks: A1, A2)
Written-By – Gerry Mulligan (tracks: A1, A2, B2), Rodgers & Hart (tracks: B1)

Vinyl -> Pro-Ject RM-5SE turntable (with Sumiko Blue Point 2 cartridge, Speedbox power supply, cork ringmat); Creek Audio OBH-15; M-Audio Audiophile 2496 Soundcard ; Adobe Audition at 32-bit float 96khz; Click Repair light settings; individual clicks and pops taken out with Adobe Audition 3.0 – dithered and resampled using iZotope RX Advanced (for 16-bit). Tags done with Foobar 2000 and Tag and Rename.

Two of the giants of West Coast jazz were brought together again for the high profile concert documented here.  While ostensibly given equal billing on the marquee, this is really Mulligan’s show, who wrote all the material here except for My Funny Valentine and whose playing is top-notch throughout.  Gerry Mulligan went through a career comeback of sorts in the early 70s, putting out fantastic records like Age of Steam, while Chet Baker on the other hand, well… was pretty into smack at this point.  He is barely even there on most of this record.  He plays well enough I guess, when he plays at all, but mostly he’s just phoning it in.   Mulligan more than picks up the slack, however, and these guys in the CTI stable are no slouches.  While the band still has the shimmering gloss common to all CTI material, it is refreshing to hear these guys outside of the funk-lite context of majority of those records and know they can play “straight” bop and cool jazz when needed.  Harvey Mason plays with a subtlety I didn’t think he had in him, while Bob James lays down the velvet carpet of electric piano texture you would expect from him.  John Scofield’s performance depends on what you think of John Scofield: he’s never done much for me personally but his presence here is innocuous.  This ‘new’ batch of West Coast session vets may not lend the same immediacy to Mulligan and Baker that they had in their Pacific Jazz heyday, but it’s a satisfying listen nonetheless.  Oddly enough after years and years of owning this LP, I only recently picked up Volume 2 at a local shop, dirt cheap.  It needs to be cleaned and hasn’t even been listened to yet, so I’m not sure if it is in good enough shape to justify a blog post.  But stumbling on it reminded me that I did this needledrop last year, at least.

at this Mirror, 320kbs

FLAC 16/44.1

in 24 bit / 96khz FLAC

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  1. Just found this blog. Only 2 vinyl rips checked so far, but these sound good and I hope you continue doing them since cd's are easy and cheap to find, but these vinyls are not. And they sound immeasurable better to my ears than over-cleaned over-processed over-compressed cd's of today.

    Anyway, Thanks and I'll be a frequent visitor from now on… D.H.

  2. thanks D.H. Anytime you come across a dead link just give a holler. It's like a game of whack-a-mole these days but they can always be fixed.

  3. Just stopping by to say Thanks, keep on…

  4. Nice to hear that about the links – it's mad out there, but HF and DF seem to be reliable at the moment.
    Holler I will, but now about Blakey, Harlem River and Juju – three old favourites (don't go there) that went up in smoke (stop!) among most of my vinyls (mad again!) few years ago, as (idiot!) did some Bezerra da Silva – hint – and…Why do I suddenly feel like Smeagol…? D.H.

  5. No need to post this but is the 320kbs file some special type, no .rar seen.

    • I posted your comment anyway because its useful. This is really odd, never seen this happen before but here is a quick fix until I have a chance to rehost the RAR:

      rename the file extension manually to *.rar, then you should be able to unzip the file. Even though I still didn't get the normal RAR icon-graphic, I was able to do this (after entering the password). But thanks for note because I would not have noticed it otherwise. I'll fix it later today when I have a chance.

  6. I´m Alex from Spain, thanks for uploading this brasilian music (I put the comment here cause is the last message but I come here for brasilian stuff). Os Mutantes are one of my favourites groups in the world and I love first albums of Caetano (the three "Caetanos", Transa, half Araça Azul), Gil (the two "Gilbertos", Expresso and Cidade do Salvador) and Jorge Ben (Força bruta, Samba and others) and I´m trying to find things of the same greatness. Recently I discover Marcos Valle (thanks!) and Arthur Verocai (her solo album).

    Well, if there any other group half as good as Mutantes I want to know!!!

  7. Hello and thank you for the excellent musical taste. I tried to open the album "Bossa Nova History" with the password vibes but no luck. Would you like to help me a bit? Thank you a lot

    Greetings from Greece

  8. Hi Maria. First, if you are on a Mac computer, use UnRarX and do not use Stuffit. It's freeware and worth it. Second, do not cut and paste the password, it needs to be typed into the field. Hopefully one or both of those tips will solve your problem. Abraços!

  9. Thank you a lot for the informatiom…
    Hope to solve the "problem" soon!

  10. Thank you for sharing this. Great sounds and music, of course. Can't wait to hear Volume 2!

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