Performers Conductor and Music Director: Chuck Israels Guest Soloist: Gerry Mulligan Reeds: Arnie Lawrence, Lawrence Feldman, Greg Herbert, Dennis Anderson, Kenny Berger Trumpets: Jimmy Maxwell, Waymon Reed, Mike Lawrence, David Berger Trombones: Jimmy Knepper, Rod Levitt, Sam Burtis Rhythm: Steve Brown, Bill Dobbins, Steve Gilmore, Bill Goodwin Vocal: Margot Hanson
1. Back At The Barn | 2. Walkin’ Shoes | 3. Israel | 4. Evidence | 5. Bird Tapestry | 6. Creole Love Call | 7. Thruway | 8. Idol Gossip | 9. Ballade
This release is the first of a series of recordings by Chuck Israels and the National Jazz Ensemble (NJE) in the ‘Legends’ Series. This album documents the NJE’s performance of the February 2nd, 1977 concert at the New School in NYC. In its third year of existence at the time, the NJE usually sold out on the road and had good crowds at the New School, however the NJE never sold out in New York until Gerry Mulligan was the guest soloist. Gerry had made himself scarce over the previous decade and everyone in attendance understood the importance of the event. There were lines around the block. There were enough people on line to fill a second show.