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Gerald Wilson - Theme for Monterey - 320kbps

Artist:Gerald Wilson
Title:Theme for Monterey
Year Of Release:1998
Label:Mama Records
Genre:Jazz / Big Band
Quality:Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time:63:26 min
Total Size:144 MB


01. Romance
02. Lyons' Roar
03. The Lone Cypress
04. Spanish Bay
05. Cooking on Cannery Row
06. Summertime
07. Anthropology

In 1997, bandleader/arranger Gerald Wilson was commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival to write an original piece to be performed at that year's festival. Wilson's goal was to compose a melody that the audience would leave the venue singing to themselves. He succeeded by casting his "Theme for Monterey" in five different styles, with his big band interpreting the theme in a variety of moods as a ballad, a Latin romp, a medium-tempo piece and a shouting conclusion. His memorable five-part suite has solos by his son, guitarist Anthony Wilson, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, pianist Brian O'Rourke, trombonist George Bohanon, trumpeter Carl Saunders, Randall Willis on tenor, and others. Also on this CD are a couple pieces commissioned by the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Foundation, reworkings of "Summertime" and "Anthropology." Wilson was proud that he was able to give five-part harmonies to every melody note in the latter piece (Charlie Parker's original based on "I Got Rhythm"). Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

Personnel: Gerald Wilson - arranger, conductor; Ron Barrows, Oscar Brashear, Carl Saunders, Snooky Young - trumpet; Leslie Benedict, George Bohanon, Isaac Smith - trombone; Louis Taylor - soprano saxophone; Scott Mayo - soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Randall Willis - alto saxophone, tenor saxophone; Carl Randall - tenor saxophone; Jack Nimitz - baritone saxophone; Brian O'Rourke - piano; Eric Veliotes, Anthony Wilson - guitar; Trey Henry - bass; Mel Lee - drums

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