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An Unfinished Woman shows that far from being tinged with nostalgia, Gerry Mulligan's approach is still a contemporary work in progress - albeit one that never abandoned its Cool School roots. The irrefutable evidence is to be found in inspired, elegant versions of classics such as Line For Lyons and My Funny Valentine, as well as in Mulligan's sense of theatre.

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A year prior to this German concert, Mulligan had recorded Idol Gossip, an excellent album that sometimes gets
overlooked in the voluminous, 45-year body of work of jazz' greatest baritone saxophonist. His impressive ensemble
for the album (or one of them) is intact here, with guitarist Mike Santiago, vibraphonist Dave Samuels, pianist
Thomas Fay, drummer Bobby Rosengarden, and bassist George Duvivier (the only member of both of Gossip's
aggregations - the other including such heavyweights as Bucky Pizzarelli, Lionel Hampton, Hank Jones, and Grady
Tate). In fact, the group performs three of that album's eight songs, along with Mulligan's 'Line For Lyons' and 'My
Funny Valentine,' which are forever linked to him and his association with trumpeter/vocalist Chet Baker.


The opening 'For An Unfinished Woman' is more cerebral (almost in a Modern Jazz Quartet vein) than Mulligan's previous
connections with hard bop and West Coast 'cool' school, a label he always hated. Santiago s single-note attack is the most
visceral section of the number. On the uptempo 'Idol Gossip,' he digs in to the edge of distortion, with fiery
octave choruses, and the bluesy 'Out Back Of The Barn' is right down his lowdown alley. A revelation for guitar
fans, Santiago's slim resume includes work with Chico Hamilton around this same period and little else.


The new Jazz Haus label is committed to releasing seldom heard recordings, mainly from live European
TV and radio broadcasts, including the SWR Archives (approximately 3,000 hours). The other two CDs in
its maiden trio are Benny Goodman's 1959 orchestra, featuring vocalist Anita O'Day and guitar legend Jimmy
Wyble, and Cannonball Adderley's 1969 quintet (no guitar, but an amazing find). Jazz fans will no doubt
want to support the label's launch to help ensure more great jazz down the pike. --Vintage Guitar, August 2012

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  • Audio CD (March 27, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Jazzhaus
  • ASIN: B0064UJTAW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Dean R. Brierly on March 31, 2012
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Nobody swung the baritone quite like Gerry Mulligan, and this live date from 1977, recorded before an appreciative audience in Stuttgart, Germany, captures the legendary musician in top form. Mulligan was one of the best "fire and ice" players ever, combining modernist cool with emotional heat. His light yet rich tone and his unmatched speed and fluidity are displayed to full advantage on this recording, which must be considered among his best. This set also foregrounds Mulligan's compositional prowess, featuring no less than seven originals, including the superb "For an Unfinished Woman" and "K-4 Pacific." Mulligan is backed by a tight ensemble comprised of vibist Dave Samuels, pianist Thomas Fay, guitarist Mike Santiago, bassist George Duvivier and drummer Bobby Rosengarden. Each rises to the challenge of the material and the inspired playing of their leader. Samuels and Santiago are particular standouts, complementing Mulligan's aesthetic while adding their own contemporary touches. Happily, the quality of the sound matches the caliber of the playing; it's crystal-clear, with a warmth and intimacy surprising for a live date. This amazing set comes courtesy of the new Jazzhaus label, which has launched an ambitious release program drawn from a vast collection of German radio and television recordings. Here's hoping jazz fans of every stripe get behind them in a big way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on January 6, 2013
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A great live recording from 77, Gerry and the band sound phenomenal. All Mulligan fans know the tunes on this cd and to hear them in such a pristine live recording is incredible. Fantastic effort from the Jazzhaus label...looking forward to a lot more releases from them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bopdude on November 12, 2012
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This is a wonderful CD from the vaults of German Southwest Broadcasting. The concert was recorded at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart on November 22, 1977. The band is the same one that recorded Idol Gossip for Chiaroscuro and included studio stalwarts George Duvivier on bass and Bobby Rosengarden on drums and pre Caribbean Jazz Project vibist Dave Samuels. By the time they got to Stuttgart it is obvious that the band had been living with the charts for a while. The concert begins with a gorgeous reading of For an Unfinished Woman. I had the privilege of seeing Mulligan run down the chart of this with the Concert Jazz band at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. It has become one of my favorite Mulligan tunes. Idol Gossip especially shows the bands familiarity with the material, they are on fire here. Duvivier really shines on Out Back of the Barn. There are a couple of older tunes, Line for Lyons and the obligatory My Funny Valentine and the mid 60's Night Lights. There is also some Ellington in the form of Satin Doll. Like Ellington, Mulligan enjoyed writing on train themes. The concert ends with the band chugging off into the night on K-4 Pacific. It was written for the steam engines that the Pennsylvania Railroad used when Mulligan was a youth. He gets up a good head of steam on this one and it is almost possible to see the Pennsy working around the Horseshoe Curve or racing the New York Central coming out of Chicago. Great sound and marvelous music. Highly recommended.
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By John M. on April 18, 2014
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Not a good one to begin your association with Gerry Mulligan, lest you get the wrong impression of him. He has played with a deeper truer baritone tone both before and after this 1977 recording. Although a picture of him in the pamphlet shows him playing with a black plastic mouthpiece he is obviously playing with a metal mouthpiece producing a light steely type of tone. The solos are subtly great but the tone has to come first. This is not a fusion band, but one with a acoustic piano, yet Jeru manages to get blasted by a guitar solo immediatly after his first solo, although this guitarist does not solo on every track. The track Satin Doll skipped all over the place on me so I sent it back. I don't see myself playing it with all the better Mulligan CDs in my collection. --- He gives a good baritone performance of his famous Night Lights song on the GERRY MULLIGAN QUARTET IN SWEDEN DVD recorded in 1980.
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Fabulous Find. Good live recording of many of his classics.
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