Throughout Mulligan's orchestral work and until the end of his life, Mulligan maintained an active career performing and recording jazz - usually with a quartet that included a piano.
In June 1988, Mulligan was invited to be the first-ever Composer-in-Residence at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival and was commissioned to write a work, which he titled The Flying Scotsman. In 1991, Mulligan contacted Miles Davis about revisiting the music from the germane 1949 Birth of the Cool album. Davis had recently performed some of his Gil Evans collaborations with Quincy Jones at the Montreux Jazz Festival and was enthusiastic. However, Davis died from a stroke in September and Mulligan continued the recording project and tour with Wallace Roney and Art Farmer subbing for Davis. Re-Birth of the Cool (released in 1992) featured the charts from Birth of the Cool, and a new nonet which included Lewis and Barber from the original Davis band. Mulligan appeared at the Brecon Jazz Festival 1991. Mulligan's final recording was a quartet album (with guests), Dragonfly, recorded in the Summer of 1995 and released on the Telarc label. Mulligan gave his final performance on the 13th Annual Floating Jazz Festival, SS Norway, Caribbean Cruise, November 9, 1995.
Mulligan died in Darien, Connecticut on January 20, 1996 at the age of 68 following complications from knee surgery. His widow Franca — to whom he had been married since 1976 — said he had also been suffering from liver cancer. Upon Mulligan's death, his library and numerous personal effects (including a gold-plated Conn baritone saxophone) were given to the Library of Congress. 'The Gerry Mulligan Collection' is open to registered public researchers in the library's Performing Arts Research Center. The library placed Mulligan's saxophone on permanent exhibit in early 2009.
from "Tango Nuevo" 1975
Recorded on September 24/25/26 and October 1/2/3/4 - 1974 at Mondial Sound Studio, Milan.
Orignal recording released 1975.
Bandoneon -- Astor Piazzolla
Cello -- Ennio Miori
Drums, Percussion -- Tullio De Piscopo
Guitar [Bass] -- Guiseppe Prestipino
Guitar [Electric] -- Bruno De Filippi, Filippo Daccò
Marimba -- Alberto Baldan*, Gianni Zilioli
Piano, Electric Piano, Organ -- Angel "Pocho" Gatti
Producer -- Aldo Pagani, Fabio Belotti, Mario Fattori
Saxophone [Baritone] -- Gerry Mulligan
Viola -- Renato Riccio
Violin -- Umberto Benedetti