Monterey Moods

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Jay Ashby – Trombone

Ron Blake – Tenor Sax

Luis Bonilla – Trombone

Todd Coolman – Bass

Ronnie Cuber – Baritone Sax

John Faddis – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Frank Greene – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Antonio Hart – Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute

Sean Jones – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Hubert Laws - Flute

Lewis Nash – Drums

Jimmy Owens –Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Douglas Purviance – Trombone

Renee Rosnes – Piano

Terell Stafford – Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Kamasi Washington – Tenor Sax

Peter Washington – Bass

Anthony Wilson – Guitar

Dennis Wilson – Trombone

Steve Wilson – Alto Sax, Soprano Sax, Flute

Gerald Wilson

Monterey Moods

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.

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.

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