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Gerry Mulligan
April 6, 1927 - January 20, 1996
Nationality: American
Category: Musician
Subcategory: American Musician

Eliminating the piano means that I've always worked closer with the bass than most players.


Now, the instrumentation in the jazz band and the jazz dance band has gone through many evolutions. For instance, in the 'twenties the tradition was two or three saxophones.


It's true I've always been attracted to the jazz band in an orchestral way, rather than a band way.


New York is still where I live most of the time.


People talk about innovations and evolutions and that kind of thing; I don't understand about that nonsense. It's like, all instruments are there to use all the time.


Actually, it is a fact that I've been doing more writing than playing in recent years.


When we've finished the current tour I'm going to go back to Italy and see if I can do some more writing.


The first reason for starting to do the symphony concerts was to play this new piece of mine.


The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.


You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it.


I've appeared on some other people's albums.


The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.


People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy.


I like what I hear other guys doing, but the thing that really attracts me is melodic playing.


The other saxophones, except as solo instruments, really don't have much point in the orchestra.


In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.


Because if you've got the wit, you can make anything into a melody, ultimately.


Then, of course, I played alto and tenor, wherever there were jobs.


When I began listening to saxophones, I was first attracted to Coleman Hawkins.


I've always wanted a C trumpet on top, to have that same kind of facility without shouting.


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