Sunday, December 2, 2018

Sunday Music Muse Day - Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan

As we enter the month of  December, this Sunday Music Muse Day finds us gearing up for the holiday season. Christmas specials and classic cartoons are popping up on the TV.  But I'll hold off on my Christmas music selection until the last minute, like I do with my shopping. In the meantime, here's some classic Miles Davis Bags Groove, a stellar collection recorded for Prestige Records in 1954 with several giants of jazz.  With two versions of the title tune recorded on December 24, Christmas Eve, you could think of this CD as an early Christmas treat.

My second selection is also a player who made his mark the 1950s but continued living and playing into the 1990s.  Gerry Mulligan Lonesome Boulevard, was record in 1989, seven years before he died in 1996 at age 69.  I've been picking up more of the Baritone saxophonist's music the past year, as in many ways I prefer the sound of the baritone sax over the alto sax that dominates and defines much of jazz.  Maybe I'm just mellowing in my old age.

Onward to the holidays, and when thinking of gift for family and friends, the gift of good music, is the gift that keep giving.  Enjoy.

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