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

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

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

This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear.

This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear.

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

I'm fascinated with the electronic devices that we can mess around with. ---->>>

If you've only got one horn playing, I still want the sense of ensemble. ---->>>

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

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. ---->>>

You start way down on a low B flat on the tuba and you have a chromatic scale; you can match the colours all the way up, till you get to the top of the trumpet. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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

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

In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it's the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what's available, what somebody happens to play for you. ---->>>

Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra. ---->>>

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

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

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

So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone. ---->>>

The recording industry has changed; they're enjoying such incredible success in the pop field. ---->>>

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

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

Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.

Miles Davis is one who writes songs when he plays.

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

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

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. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 04-06, 1927
Birthplace:
Die: 01-20, 1996
Occupation: Musician
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Gerald Joseph "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 (wikipedia)