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This week on Afterglow we'll highlight some of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan's collaborations on a recent Mosaic collection of his 1957 recordings.

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We will also feature the extraordinary Gerry Mulligan Songbook (with an all-star cast of saxophonists that included Lee Konitz, Allen Eager, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn) and a date made with a string quartet.

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature music from a recent Mosaic collection of Gerry Mulligan’s 1957 recordings, highlighting the baritone saxophonist’s collaborations with Annie Ross and a reunion date with trumpeter Chet Baker, as well as the extraordinary Gerry Mulligan Songbook (with an all-star cast of saxophonists that included Lee Konitz, Allen Eager, Zoot Sims, and Al Cohn) and a date made with a string quartet.

We’ll also hear music from Mel Powell and Peanuts Hucko’s 1945 meeting with Django Reinhardt in newly-liberated Paris, Ray Nance’s haunting version of “Take the A Train” from his 1969 album Body and Soul, Buddy Rich’s take on “This Time the Dream’s On Me” from Buddy Rich Sings Johnny Mercer (yes, Buddy sang, too… who knew?!) and more.

Music Heard On This Episode

Take Love Easy
Nancy Wilson — Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)
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Take Love Easy
Nancy Wilson — Turned to Blue (MCG Jazz, 2006)
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Portrait of Doll
Lee Morgan — Infinity (Blue Note, 1965)

Notes: With Jackie McLean on alto sax.

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The More I See You
Ella Fitzgerald — Ella & Duke at the Cote D'Azur (Verve, 1966)
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I'll Be Around
Al Hibbler — Torchy & Blue (LP) (Decca, 1958)
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A Blues Serenade
Joe Williams/Harry Sweets Edison — Together/Have a Good Time (Roulette, 1961)
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Every Now and Then
Helen Humes — Songs I Like to Sing! (Contemporary, 1960)
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Trouble in Mind
Jimmy Rushing — Five Feet of Soul (Roulette, 1963)
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They Can't Take That Away From Me
Billie Holiday — All or Nothing at All (Verve, 1956)
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Comba #3
Kenny Wheeler — It Takes Two (CamJazz, 2006)
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Love Theme From Spartacus
Kenny Wheeler — It Takes Two (CamJazz, 2006)
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Lucky To Be Me
Tony Bennett/Bill Evans — Together Again (Rhino, 1976)
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Man With a Horn
Scott Hamilton — Nocturnes & Serenades (Concord, 2006)
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Isn't It Romantic?
Jimmy Raney/Bob Brookmeyer — Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Decca, 1956)
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How Long Has This Been Going On?
Jimmy Raney/Bob Brookmeyer — Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Decca, 1956)
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The Flag Is Up
Jimmy Raney/Bob Brookmeyer — Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Decca, 1956)
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Too Late Now
Jimmy Raney/Bob Brookmeyer — Jimmy Raney Featuring Bob Brookmeyer (Decca, 1956)
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Ellis in Wonderland
Herb Ellis — It Could Happen to You (Verve, 1956)
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Sweetheart Blues
Herb Ellis — Ellis in Wonderland (Verve, 1957)
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Detour Ahead
Herb Ellis — Ellis in Wonderland (Verve, 1956)
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Ellis in Wonderland
Herb Ellis — Ellis in Wonderland (Verve, 1956)
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When the Sun Comes Out
Howard Roberts — Good Pickin's (Verve, 1959)
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Loverman
Howard Roberts — Good Pickin's (Verve, 1959)
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Godchild
Howard Roberts — Good Pickin's (Verve, 1959)
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Easy Living
Howard Roberts — Good Pickin's (Verve, 1959)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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