The Sermon On The Mount – 1971

Gerry Mulligan

A lyrical statement by the baritonist

When Dave Brubeck broke up his quartet with Paul Desmond in 1967, both he and baritonist Gerry Mulligan were temporarily between bands.

They were teamed together for a jazz festival in 1968 and, with bassist Jack Six and drummer Alan Dawson, they often worked as a new Brubeck Quartet during the next few years.

Brubeck used that period of time to write some extended religious works including “The Sermon On The Mount.”

The ballad has a haunting melody that is played by Mulligan over a repetitious pattern stated by Six, inspiring an atmospheric solo by the great baritonist.

-Scott Yanow