(b. 8/13/55 - Greenwood, MS)
Title: The Sequel
Mulgrew's career spans back into the late 70's when he was with Mercer Ellington's big band and had important stints with Betty Carter (1980), Woody Shaw (1981-1983), and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers (1983-1986). For a long period, he was a member of the Tony Williams Quintet (1986-1994). In addition, Mulgrew has led his own sessions for Landmark (starting in 1985) and Novus, but these CD's are harder and harder to find, unfortunately.
As for his style of playing, he is heavily influenced by his upbringing in the blues-drenched environment of Memphis, TN, and his association with fellow Memphis greats, Phineas Newborn, Jr., Charles Thomas, Donald Brown, Harold Mabern, James Williams, Frank Strozier, George Coleman, and Charles Lloyd, to name only a few. His music has a special sophistication, both in harmonic structure and his touch on the piano. He has carved out a really unbelievable niche in the history of this music, both with his original approach to the piano and to his style of composing. Indeed, he is influencing a whole new generation of pianists as we speak!
|Title: Young At Heart
Personnel: Tony Williams (drums), Mulgrew Miller (piano), Ira Coleman (bass).
Comments: This recording would be Tony William's last, as he died only six months later. Very sad, indeed. Mulgrew's stint with this band lasted eight years, but this trio was Tony's last touring band, too. The mood is more pensive, and Mulgrew's playing is just incredible. Get this CD before it goes out of print!
|Title: One Day, Forever
Personnel: featuring Benny Golson (tenor sax), Art Farmer (trumpet), Curtis Fuller (trombone), Shirly Horn (vocals), Mulgrew Miller (piano), Ron Carter (bass), Carl Allen (drums), strings...
Comments: A wonderful recording featuring Benny Golson's tunes and a stellar line-up, including the inestimable Shirly Horn.
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