Music: Counterpoint Jazz

The hot music topic in Los Angeles last week was the cool jazz of a gaunt, hungry-looking young (25) fellow named Gerry Mulligan, who plays the baritone saxophone. For the past three months, Mulligan's quartet has been performing in a nightclub known as the Haig, a spot that has featured such stalwarts as Red Norvo and Erroll Garner—and he was drawing the biggest crowds in the club's history. Says the Haig's happy manager: "People just like his kind of sound."

Mulligan's kind of sound is just about unique in the jazz field: his quartet...

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