With its striking Oliver Hardimon designed cover, Night Lights is the very definition of refined cool jazz. Shimmering with a late-night beauty that perfectly evokes a sophisticated New York City in the early 1960s, Gerry and his Sextet fuse slow burning jazz noir alongside emerging, contemporary Brazilian rhythms with the interplay between Mulligan and guitarist Jim Hall a particular standout throughout. Title track Night Lights is a wonderfully smooth, low light tune, while the Latin tinged Morning Of The Carnival really finds the band in their finest and most swinging form. A cover of jazz standard In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning followed by Chopin’s Prelude In E Minor continues the delightful groove before we finish out with Mulligan originals Festival Minor and Tell Me When. For this version of the release, we have included the 1965 version of Night Lights, which gives an interesting comparison, performed by his later day Quintet featuring the Wrecking Crew’s legendary Hal Blaine on drums amongst others.
Personnel: Gerry Mulligan - Baritone Saxophone, Piano; Bill Crow - Bass; Dave Bailey - Drums; Jim Hall - Guitar; Bob Brookmeyer - Trombone; Art Farmer - Trumpet, Flugelhorn
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