Gerry Mulligan – The Age Of Steam (VG+/VG)
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The Age of Steam by Gerry Mulligan is a timeless classic that stands the test of time and is sure to bring a smile to any jazz enthusiast’s face. Recorded in 1969, the album is a tribute to the golden era of the mid-twentieth century and the music of the legendary jazz clarinetist, Gerry Mulligan.
The album opens with the classic “Moonlight in Vermont”, which showcases Mulligan’s trademark style, as he glides through the melody with a masterful ease. The follow up track, “Line for Lyons” is a light-hearted, swinging piece that swings with an effortless grace. The tempo then shifts with “A Ballad”, a beautiful ballad that showcases the beauty of Mulligan’s playing and his melodic touch.
The remainder of the album showcases a variety of different styles and moods. The title track, “The Age of Steam” is a mid-tempo jazz piece that features an excellent bass solo by Wilbur Ware. The album also includes several classic Mulligan compositions, such as “Festive Minor”, “Sidewalks of New York”, and “Lonely Town”, as well as a few rare and previously unreleased tracks.
Overall, The Age of Steam is an excellent collection of classic jazz from one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. It is an essential listen for any jazz enthusiast and is sure to bring a smile to the face of any listener. The album is a perfect snapshot of the golden age of jazz, and is sure to be a timeless classic.
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