2012 Grammy Nominees
3 grammy nominated CDs including Best Large Jazz Ensemble nominees Gerald Wilson's Legacy and Christian McBride's The Good Feeling. Then there's Yellowjackets' recording Timeline nominated for Best Jazz Instrumental Album with the Title track - Timeline also nominated for Best Instrumental Composition. All 3 great recordings for one low price.
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.
Greatest living jazz orchestral composer releases Detroit, a six-part suite commissioned by the Detroit International Jazz Festival, and Wilson’s fourth release on Mack Avenue Records.
For the 20th annual festival in 1977, founder Jimmy Lyons asked Wilson to compose an extended work, “Happy Birthday Monterey.” Gerald followed that with “Theme For Monterey” for the 1997 festival (which was nominated for two Grammy’s two years later). And at this year’s 50th anniversary Monterey Jazz Festival, Wilson unveils “Monterey Moods,” the moving suite that is the focus of this recording.
Six time Grammy nominee Gerald Wilson is truly one of jazz's greatest statesmen. With "In My Time" he has created another musical triumph in his esteemed legacy, and does so with undeniable eloquence and grace..
For "New York, New Sound", the only non-laid back resident of L.A. was in a New York state of mind, and came up with a session that sounds like it was written by a cat half his age. Between the jet-propelled bookends of "Milestones" and "Nancy Jo", are outstanding examples of Gerald's thick-textured wide voicings providing plenty of stretch-out room for such stellar soloists as Jimmy Owens, Trumpet; Luis Bonilla, Trombone; Jesse Davis, Alto Sax; Jimmy Heath, Tenor Sax; and Kenny Barron, Piano.
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