Gerry Mulligan: Mosaic Select - JazzWax

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November 10, 2011


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The Burke String Quartet is also notable for the presence of violinist Dick Wetmore, who takes several solos. Dick was a close associate of Dick Twardzik with whom he recorded an album of Bob Zieff compositions for Bethlehem, never reissued. There are also unissued sessions of Wetmore and Twardzik playing standards with Wetmore on trumpet. More of Wetmore's violin can heard on an Anthony Ortega album, again featuring some Zieff compositions and arrangements. This part of the Ortega album is included as bonus cuts on the Lone Hill reissue of Art Farmer's Modern Art. Some Wetmore odds and ends can be found on a couple of the AB Fable jazz violin anthologies. (Chet Baker recorded several of Zieff's compositions with Twardzik or Timmons, and continued to play a few of them for the rest of his life.) More info on Wetmore can be found here:


I fully agree with the general under appreciation of Mulligan's work and life generally (being romantically linked with at least two big-name Hollywood actresses, for a start....). Speaking personally, I also thought he had the most attractive sound on his horn. Compared with Mulligan's tone all other bari players, to my ears at least, inspired the old joke: Q: What is the difference between a baritone sax and a chain saw? A: Vibrato.

Greg Judd

darn it, Marc, I do NOT have the budget to manage all these finds... dammit, Marc, I do NOT have the budget to manage all these finds...

fortunately(?) Mosaic sez the set's on backorder, & won't be available until into next year....

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