Gerry Mulligan would have been 88 years old today. Until a year or so before his death in 1996, Mulligan was playing and writing at the top of his game. To remember him, let’s listen to one of the classic compositions played by his quartet at the Brecon, Wales, Jazz Festival in 1991. Here’s Mulligan’s “Walking Shoes” with Bill Mays, piano; Dean Johnson, bass and Dave Ratajczak, drums.
For an entire Mulligan concert a year earlier at the Bern, Switzerland, Jazz Festival, with Bill Charlap rather than Bill Mays, at the piano, go here: