On these 1992 sessions, Gerry Mulligan revisits the scene of his first musical triumphs, the classic 1949-50 recordings by the Miles Davis nonet. The original arrangements by Mulligan, Davis, Gil Evans, John Carisi, and John Lewis sound as fresh here as they did four decades earlier, and advances in recording technology give a much clearer picture of the orchestrations. The solo room has been expanded, and it's used effectively by trumpeter Wallace Roney and, especially, Phil Woods on alto, whose impassioned Charlie Parker-derived playing is an interesting contrast to the cool and elusive manner that Lee Konitz brought to the original. Successes are rare when roots are revisited, but this is definitely a homecoming that works. --Stuart Broomer
Re-Birth Of The Cool by Gerry Mulligan
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