In the world of jazz, there's no baritone saxophonist who matches the lyricism and flowing deep tones of Gerry Mulligan. Here he reaches into his bag of lush jazz standards, sprinkles them with "cool" dust, and makes a strong statement for straight-ahead jazz, a la West Coast style. No bari player today is creating jazz with such matchless lyricism and flowing, deep tones as Mulligan. With an acoustic quartet, the jazzmaster fashions Dream a Little Dream into a genuinely elegant session of fourteen contemplative standards and original compositions.
Born Gerald Joseph Mulligan in Philadelphia (April 1927), the saxman's career began with his writing arrangements for radio use. He toured with the Tommy Tucker band in 1934, joined drummer Gene Krupa's band in 1946 as musician/arranger and the Miles Davis big band in 1948. But his greatest impact upon the jazz scene occurred when he organized his unique pianoless quartet on the West Coast in 1952 to create Cool Jazz. It was also through Mulligan's original quartet that trumpeter Chet Baker gained widespread fame.