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Album Review

This CD has the first performances led by pianist Gerald Wiggins, all made for the French Vogue and Swing labels. Wiggins, whose highly individual style falls between swing and bop and at times hints at Erroll Garner and Art Tatum, has been an institution in the Los Angeles area for over a half-century. For these trio performances he is joined by Pierre Michelot, Buddy Banks, or Jean Boucherty on bass and Kenny Clarke (on the first two numbers) or Chico Hamilton on drums. Hamilton has a very rare (and somewhat odd) vocal on "By the River Sainte Marie." Otherwise, the focus is on Wiggins' infectious piano playing. He stretches out on such numbers as "The Wig" (his lifelong nickname), "Coffee Time," "Limehouse Blues," "Wiggin' With Wig," "All the Things You Are," and a three-part work titled "Ivan Suite," "Wig's Suite," and "Chico's Suite." Recommended.


Born: 12 May 1922 in New York City, NY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Gerald Wiggins was a highly flexible pianist quite comfortable in swing or bop settings, but he was at his best when performing with his longtime trio, a group that also included bassist Andy Simpkins and drummer Paul Humphrey. Wiggins' swinging and consistently witty style, typically filled with catchy riffs, was at times reminiscent of Erroll Garner and Art Tatum, but generally quite distinctive. "The Wig" started with piano lessons when he was four, switching from classical music to jazz as...
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1950, Gerald Wiggins
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  • 6,99 €
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Bop
  • Released: 01 January 2001

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