The story of Gerry Mulligan's success is very much a tale of two cities, New York and Los Angeles. It is also the tale of Mulligan's trajectory from respected arranger to imitated player. By the end of the 1940s, Gerry, the arranger, had made considerable impact with scores like "Elevation" for Elliot Lawrence, "Disc Jockey Jump" for Gene Krupa and "Godchild" for Claude Thornhill, as well as those numbers which he had contributed to Miles Davis 'Birth Of The Cool' group, 'Venus De Milo', 'Rocker' and others. This CD charts the career of Jazz giant Gerry Mulligan, from his days as a struggling hot-headed & distinctive voice in New York's musical community to his popular success with his own quartet formed in Los Angeles with Chet Baker on trumpet. This group not only secured both Mulligan and Baker's future but made the baritone saxophonist the most prominent & respected figure upon his instrument in the Jazz world. Included are many of Mulligan's famous compositions such as "Walkin' Shoes", "Line For Lyons" and "Bark For Barksdale" as well as the Quartets two big hits "Bernie's Tune" and the version of Rogers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine" that established Baker as one of Jazz' most lyrical improvisers. Features a full discography included in an informative 12 page booklet.