Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan

Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan


Paul Desmond & Gerry Mulligan : Two of a mind

Paul Desmond (alto sax), Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Joe Benjamin, John Beal, Wendell Marshall (bass), Connie Kay, Mel Lewis (drums)

RCA 2624

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - All The Things You Are
A2 - Stardust
A3 - Two Of A Mind
B1 - Blight Of the Fumble Bee
B2 - The Way You Look Tonight
B3 - Out Of Nowhere

Recorded in 1962 at RCA Victor Studio, New York City by Ray Hall, Bob Simpson and Mickey Croffor.

Although the beautiful sound, mutual understanding and harmonic balance mostly predominate, the music of alto saxophonist Paul Desmond performing together with baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan is far from what one calls 'easy listening'. For many, it is even difficult to identify the melody of evergreens such as "Stardust" and "The Way You Look Tonight". (And what theme is tucked away in "Two Of A Mind"????)
The recording in the RCA Victor Studio took place over several days in 1962, and this is why different bass players and percussionists are heard – Wendell Marshall, Joe Benjamin and John Beal each take their turn on the bass, while Connie Kay and Mel Lewis change places behind the drum set. These musicians form a brilliant team, and that there is no piano is both deliberate and inevitable for Gerry Mulligan recordings of the day. By the way, the second saxophonist in "The Way You Look Tonight" is Paul Desmond – by means of over-dubbing in the middle of the stereo recording!
The present LP could certainly take a rightful place in a 'Best Of' collection alongside the other recordings by Gerry Mulligan with Ben Webster and Stan Getz.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under