21 nov. 2008


Gerry Mulligan meets Johnny Hodges (1959; 2003)

Gerry Mulligan liked to meet people, apparently. Aside from this and the Monk album there are several others in which he is paired up with another prominent musician. Mulligan blends in with Hodges just as well as he does with Monk. It makes me think the swing vs. bebop dichotomy is over-emphasized. Someone listening now to Coleman Hawkins with J.J. Johnson is not going to protest that Hawk is a swing player and JJ a bebopper. Mel Lewis is on drums. All the compositions are by the two sax players.