Gerry Mulligan December 11 & 17, 1957
For the vast majority of Chet Baker sessions on jdisc, we have relied upon chetbaker.net as the main source, then use other sources to check against it. On this particular session, however, that site seems to be at distinct odds with every other source available (on hand CD set of complete Pacific Jazz recordings with Mulligan & Baker, jazzdiscography's discography of Henry Grimes, another minor baker discography site "chetbakertribute.com") with regard to dates and even tracks recorded. chetbaker.net claims this session was recorded on February 11, 1958, while the other sites listed above agree it was recorded on the dates we have it listed under. It's an interesting conundrum, however, because to admit conflation of two sessions because you do not know which songs were recorded on which days is, itself, an admission of inaccuracy which could imply that chetbaker.net had some special insider information that the others did not. A larger problem with chetbaker.net, however, is that there is no contact info or authorship claimed on the site, so checking up on its information is very difficult.
Also, Jazzdiscography.com & chetbaker.net also have a separate session from december 3, 11, 17, 1957. Obviously, this means there is an overlap of the sessions between that one and this one (december 11/17, 1957). This adds more mystery to the discrepancy between all the other websites and chetbaker.net. What makes December 3rd different, even though the personnel is exactly the same, minus Annie Ross? Which of the songs were recorded on the 11th and 17, but without Ross? Which were recorded just on the 3rd? And why is there no scholarship on this? -JS