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How about a quartet?
Check out how when he gives the horns a tutti passage, he uses the bass right with them, not just to fatten the sound, but also to allow him to give the ability to jink around with the horn notes, to make imply a fuller section. Miles talked about Birth Of the Cool as doing the Thornhill sound with the minimum instrumentation possible, but Mulligan took it further than that. he got that sound through very aware writing to imply the sound. Duke Pearson was great at that too, voicing a few horns in such a way to make them sound like more. Good writers know how this shit works, blends, registers, overtones, all that stuff. Anybody can use "hip voicings" but that's not the same thing as knowing the tricks, the science. Hell, Herbie, Speak Like A Child. that Herbie's Gil Evans record, that kind of thing. Not just distributing the notes of the chord in a quick and easy sure-fire way, knowing about things like weight and movement, how it all works together, that's somebody who will get you what you're looking for, a real writer.