Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster

Gerry Mulligan meets Ben Webster


Gerry Mulligan (baritone sax), Ben Webster (tenor sax), Jimmy Rowles (piano), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)

Verve 6104

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Chelsea Bridge
A2 - The Cat Walk
A3 - Sunday
B1 - Who's Got Rhythm
B2 - Tell Me When
B3 - Go Home

Recorded on November 3 and December 2, 1959 at Radio Recorders in Los Angeles.

This album features a special collaboration between some of the greatest jazz performers of the mid-century who might not otherwise have been thought to connect: Gerry Mulligan and Ben Webster. Both saxophonists, with Mulligan on baritone and Webster on tenor, the two effortlessly complement one another. Others featured in these sessions are: Jimmy Rowles on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on double bass, and Mel Lewis on drums. Mulligan was a real fan of Webster’s work, and was always open to collaborating with artists he admired; the two even shared the same passion for the legend Duke Ellington, which brought them closer. The quintet was an undeniably small ensemble, especially for having two saxophonists. But it works out perfectly, allowing for each instrument to hold its own and for listeners to hone in more easily. Mulligan and Webster appear to be in talk with both their instruments. Just as the cadence of a conversation ebbs and flows, so do their saxophones--sometimes overlapping in thought, other times listening to one another. Gerry Mulligan Meets Webster is a record that’s very easy to get into, no matter one’s taste, and undeniably sets itself apart as a unique piece of jazz history.

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