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Gerald Wilson demonstrates that age is only a number with his outstanding composing and arranging for these big-band sessions. Having celebrated his 92nd birthday around the time that he made this recording, Wilson offers a diverse program, though his deteriorating vision requires Eric Otis (his grandson) to notate the leader's music from his oral instructions as he composes at the piano. Three of his pieces are derived from famous classical works. "Variations on a Theme by Igor Stravinsky" is taken from the composer's famous early 20th century ballet The Firebird, a robust cooker that serves as a brief introduction. "Variations on Clair de Lune" gives Claude Debussy's well-known work a slow, bluesy air at first, showcasing pianist Renee Rosnes and son Anthony Wilson on guitar, though it soon transforms into a breezy setting. "Variations on a Theme by Giacomo Puccini" takes one of his most beloved moving arias ("Nessum Dorma") and gives it an uplifting bop flavor. Wilson's "Yes, Chicago Is…" consists of a seven-part suite, highlighted by the boisterous "Riffin' at the Regal" and the snappy "Cubs, Bears, Bulls, and White Sox" (a bluesy vehicle with numerous potent solos). Anthony composed and arranged "Virgo," while Eric penned "September Sky," further evidence that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree as far as music is concerned in the Wilson family. The supporting cast includes some of the most in-demand musicians on the New York City jazz scene, including bassist Peter Washington, drummer Lewis Nash, saxophonists Antonio Hart, Dick Oatts, and Gary Smulyan, and trumpeters Jeremy Pelt, Sean Jones, and Freddie Hendrix, along with trombonists Douglas Purviance and Alan Ferber, among others. This outstanding recording adds to the already substantial discography of the great Gerald Wilson.

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Highly Recommended

Read Howard Reich's Chicago Tribune review; gave a listen and started dwnloading :)

A little disappointed....

I've followed Gerald Wilson since the 1960's.. geez, that makes him and me, well old ! Well Gerald's in his 90's and I'm not.. ok so I feel a littel better. I've listened to the enitre album twice now.. and it's just a little too bland for me. Not enuogh snap. Could be my own state of mind, right? We have to be in a certain state of mind for different styles of jazz. If you take certain cuts of certain tracks, it's great (that's how I happended to hear some of it on the radio) but as an album, it seems to lack identity. Not sorry I bought it (but......) and I will listen again (and maybe again) to see if my perspective changes. It didn't wow me, know what I mean?

...Also al little disappointed

Yes...I must agree with the review written by George Gold in this case. I too am a fan of Gerald Wilson but this release seems to be uninspired, especially The "Chicago" suite. On the positive side, there is some excellent piano work throughout and the guitar playing is outstanding! "Virgo", "Variation on Claire de Lune" & "September Sky" are all a cut above the rest. Better luck next time Mr. Wilson...I'm still a BIG fan!!


Nacido(a): 04 de septiembre de 1918 en Shelby, MS

Género: Jazz

Años de actividad: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

From time to time, Gerald Wilson seemed like one of Los Angeles' better-kept secrets, an unusually skillful, imaginative, and charismatic bandleader who hadn't received his due outside the West Coast. His arrangements were distinctive, often complex voicings and harmonies, rooted in swing and bop, yet always forward-looking and energetic in tone. He liked to play around with structures, which contributed to the restless quality in much of his music, and being a bullfight aficionado, he was one of...
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