Line For Lyons – 1986
Gerry Mulligan & Toots Thielemans
A very rare meeting between baritonist Mulligan and harmonica wizard Thielemans
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Gerry Mulligan and Toots Thielemans undoubtedly crossed paths many times through the years but they only recorded together once, on an obscure 1994 album led by singer Judy Argo.
However for a televised New Year’s Eve jazz celebration that was filmed by PBS in 1986, Mulligan and Thielemans appeared both separately and, on one instrumental, together.
With bassist Ray Brown keeping the music swinging, Mulligan and Toots have a great time playing during this unique performance; how often does one hear harmonica and baritone sax blending together?