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  • In a way, I started out to be a baritone player.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • Yes you know, some years I do a lot of dates and a world tour with the big band and then the next year we'll probably only do a handful of dates.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • People are approaching electronic levels in music; although not all of it happens to tickle my fancy.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • So I played alto for quite a while until I saved up the money for the baritone.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • And the other thing we do we periodically have softball games with the band, because they're all baseball nuts that helps to keep the spirit alive.
    (Gerry Mulligan)


  • 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.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • Actually, when I was very young, first starting to play, I think I probably listened more to clarinet players than to saxophones.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • The Russian composers, especially, tricked the symphony orchestra into the kind of dynamic, rhythmic thing.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • The recording industry has changed; they're enjoying such incredible success in the pop field.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • You can make a saxophone into an electric organ; you can do everything with it.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • The baritone can serve functions that the alto and tenor cannot, in orchestral voicing.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • 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.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • This life of being a transient human being has gotten to a point when it's very hard to bear.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • Only the French, I guess, really use tenor and alto to any great extent in the orchestra.
    (Gerry Mulligan)

  • I've appeared on some other people's albums.
    (Gerry Mulligan)


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