Gerry Mulligan

Gerry Mulligan  (April 6, 1927 – January 20, 1996) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and arranger.  Though Mulligan is primarily known as one of the leading baritone saxophonists in jazz history – playing the instrument with a light and airy tone in the era of cool jazz – he was also a notable arranger, working with Claude Thornhill, Miles Davis, Stan Kenton, and others.  Mulligan’s pianoless quartet of the early 1950s with trumpeter Chet Baker is still regarded as one of the more important cool jazz groups.  Mulligan was also a skilled pianist and played several other reed instruments.  Several of his compositions, such as “Walkin’ Shoes” and “Five Brothers”, have become jazz standards.  (More from Wikipedia)

The 1960’s psychedelic/progressive rock band Spirit formed in Los Angeles in 1967, growing out of an earlier L.A. band called the Red Roosters.  The inclusion of Randy California’s stepfather Ed Cassidy (drums) brought the band an added dimension that was missing from most 1960’s rock bands:  Besides being much older than the other bandmembers, Cassidy cut his teeth playing in numerous jazz bands including stints with Cannonball AdderleyGerry MulliganRoland KirkThelonious Monk, and Lee Konitz.  Ed Cassidy was also a founding member of the 1964 band Rising Sons that also included Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder.  


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