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Gerry Mulligan (b. 1927, d. 1996) is probably the most famous baritone saxophone player of all time. He characterizes, is the epitome of West Coast Cool, the style of jazz born in California in the 1950's. Still he was an able soloist in any jazz genre.

Mulligan was also an able composer and arranger. His early work was with Stan Kenton's Orchestra and after some small group work, he returned to the Big Band setting, working with the help of Bob Brookmeyer in forming the Concert Jazz Band (1960-1964).

His famous partners include Chet Baker with whom he shared the first pianoless quartet, Dave Brubeck, and Paul Desmond.

He died in 1996 from complications during a knee operation. Doesn't that just suck?

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