The packaging for the CD version of Jazz For The Ages is sparse: a cover and tray card with blank backings, and a CD that’s pressed on a CD-R. Not sure if I received a promotional copy or all copies are like this, but if you are someone who simply wants the music, perfect. Jimmy Mulidore is the artist for you who cuts to the chase and says here, this is what you wanted, no B.S.
The packaging may be budgeted but the music is not, as it has a wealth of original Mulidore compositions along with classics like “Giant steps”, “A Love Supreme”, “It’s You Or No One”, “Countdown”, “Freedom Jazz Dance”, and “Doxie”. You can hear the influences in Mulidore’s playing with these John Coltrane, Eddie Harris, and Sonny Rollins tracks, but it’s also nice to hear someone apply their years of interest, love, and expertise in these songs to show why it is truly Jazz For The Ages, because they hold up well years after the fact and why these tracks were vibrant in the first place. Yes, even though “Giant Steps” is considered the default for many saxophonists, it’s still great to hear it championed in the way it is here.