David Larsen: The Mulligan Chronicles is reviewed by The Jazzweekly

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JAZZWEEKLY

David Larsen: The Mulligan Chronicles

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baritone saxist David Larsen gives a tribute to the sound and arranging skills of the iconic Gerry Mulligan on this album of interpretations of the master. He’s teamed with a West Coast Cool team of trombonist Dave Glenn, piano vet Bill Mays, bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Ron Vincent. The mix of bari and trombone immediately evoke sonic images of Mulligan with Bob Brookmeyer, with plenty of space for the sliding brass man on  pieces such as the rich and relaxed “Curtains” and the peppy and urgent “Idol Gossip” driven along by Vincent. Johnson’s spacious bass gives a rich gait for Larsen on the classic “Walkin’ Shoes” and is sleek for both horns on “Festive Minor”. Larsen gives a bel canto read of “Etude for Franca” and digs deep on the bluesy “Lonesome Boulevard” and “Out Back of the Barn”. The rhythm tam is peppy on “Taurus Moon” and gloriously hectic on the tricky “The Flying Scotsman”. Geru gems.

Kari Gaffney

Kari Gaffney

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