Gerald Wilson: Blues for Yna Yna


Blues for Yna Yna


Gerald Wilson (leader)


The Artist Selects: Gerald Wilson (Blue Note 31439)

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Gerald Wilson (leader), Richard 'Groove' Holmes (organ), Carmell Jones (trumpet), Harold Land (tenor sax),

Ray Triscari, Jimmy Zito, John Audino (trumpets), Bob Edmondson, Lester Robertson, John Ewing, Kenny Shroyer (trombones), Buddy Collette (flute, alto sax), Harry Klee (alto sax), Teddy Edwards (tenor sax), Jack Nimitz (baritone sax), Jimmy Bond (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed by Gerald Wilson


Recorded: Los Angeles, September 9, 1961


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

Gerald Wilson led bands on and off during the 1950s, but except for a group of recordings for the King label in '54, could not get a record contract. Dick Bock, president of Pacific Jazz, was interested but did not have the money. Albert Marx signed Wilson and put up the money for Gerald's recordings that Bock released. Assembling a powerhouse group of established studio men and younger soloists (some of whom Wilson discovered), the maestro went into the studios with guest organist Holmes. This minor blues waltz got a lot of airplay all across the country, and was a great start toward reestablishing Wilson's band. Solos are played by Jones (one of his earliest recordings) and Land.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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