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The Artist Selects

Gerald Wilson

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Album Review

Composer, bandleader, and arranger Gerald Wilson compiled this 16-track selection of personal favorites, offering an excellent introduction to his Pacific Jazz recordings. During the four-year period (1961 through 1966) represented by this collection, numerous jazz greats passed through the ranks of Wilson's big band, including Harold Land, Teddy Edwards, Richard "Groove" Holmes, Joe Pass, and Roy Ayers. The compilation includes exploratory arrangements of the Miles Davis composition "Milestones" and Thelonious Monk's "'Round Midnight" along with noteworthy Wilson-penned originals "Jeri," "Carlos," and "Viva Tirado," which became a hit for the Latin rock band El Chicano in 1970. This a quality sampler for the novice, but will hold no interest for the hardcore collector.

Biography

Born: September 4, 1918 in Shelby, MS

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '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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The Artist Selects, Gerald Wilson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Sep 27, 2005

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