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Gerald Wilson Orchestra: New York, New Sound

For New York, New Sound the legendary bandleader/conductor composer/arranger Gerald Wilson traveled to the Apple from California and surrounded himself with fellow octogenarians Clark Terry and Frank Wess, septuagenarian Jimmy Heath, young-blood trumpeter Sean Jones and all manner of illustrious between-agers.

The only non-Wilson pieces are Davis’ “Milestones” and Coltrane’s “Equinox.” All the arrangements are by the master orchestrater himself, including the well-remembered “Viva Tirado” and “Blues for Yna Yna.” Separating these two is the stately ballad beauty of “Teri,” featuring Anthony Wilson. No nepotism here. The guitarist has already distinguished himself with his own combos. He plays an important role in the nearly-15 minute “Theme for Monterey,” in which said theme is treated to varied versions and interpretations by soloists Jesse Davis (alto sax) and Renee Rosnes (piano).

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