When Dave disbanded the “Classic Quartet” in December 1967 to concentrate on composing, he did not envisage that he would be required to form a new Quartet and tour so soon afterwards. In 1968, he upheld a promise to his old friend George Wein, to appear at the second annual Newport Jazz Festival in Mexico.
He had considered appearing himself without a group, but in the end put a together a new Quartet of Jack Six, Alan Dawson and Gerry Mulligan. A great friendship was struck and Gerry continued to tour with Dave for the next five years as “Dave Brubeck Trio and Gerry Mulligan” or on occasions “Dave Brubeck Trio with Paul Desmond and Gerry Mulligan”.
Gerry and Dave recorded several albums together most notably “Compadres” from the 1968 tour to Mexico and “Live At The Berlin Philharmonie” in 1970.
They continued to tour sporadically right up to Gerry’s last tour in 1995, when they appeared at nightly concerts with their own groups but came together at the end to play as a duet.