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Gerald Wilson, Jazz s reigning composer/orchestrator pays homage to his adopted hometown, Chicago on his fifth Mack Avenue Records release, Legacy. Composers Igor Stravinsky and Giacomo Puccini also receive Wilson s musical tips of the hat. Wilson s son, guitarist/composer Anthony Wilson, and grandson Eric Otis are also represented by a composition/orchestration apiece, thus extending Gerald s musical legacy.
The Gerald Wilson Orchestra assembled for Legacy comprises many of the great jazz artists who ve been Gerald s collaborators for the lion s share of his Mack Avenue canon. A first-class rhythm section of pianist Renee Rosnes, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash anchors the group. Trumpeters Sean Jones, Frank Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Tony Lujan, Freddie Hendrix and Mike Rodriguez along with trombonists Dennis Wilson, Douglas Purviance, Luis Bonilla and Alan Ferber stud the brass section. Antonio Hart, Dick Oatts, Kamasi Washington, Ron Blake, Jay Brandford and Gary Smulyan comprise the reeds.
This 50 minute recording seems to go by very quickly. Of Gerald Wilson's Mack Avenue recordings, Legacy is second best to the masterful In My Time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by alan
Even past his 90s, this man still has plenty of creative juice flowing! Gave this album a listen the other day and it is absolutely brilliant from track one to the end.Published 16 months ago by B. J. Lane
This is another in the line of superlative material from this great musician and his family. His legacy is a gift to each and every one of us.Published on September 17, 2011 by Gerald L. Jensen