Gerald Wilson: Cruisin' with Cab


Cruisin' with Cab


Gerald Wilson (leader)


Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra 1945-1946 (Classics 976)

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Gerald Wilson (leader),

Snooky Young, Hobart Dotson, Joe “Red” Kelly, James Anderson (trumpets), Melba Liston, Isaac Livingstone, Ralph Bledsoe, Robert Huerta (trombones), Floyd Turnham, Gus Evans (alto saxes), Vernon Slater, Eddie (not “Lockjaw”) Davis (tenor saxes), Maurice Simon (baritone sax), Elijah “Buddy” Harper (guitar), Jimmy Bunn (piano), Robert Rudd (bass), Henry Tucker Green (drums)


Composed by Gerald Wilson


Recorded: Los Angeles, 1946


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

This exciting up-tempo tribute to Cab Calloway is the sort of thing Calloway's band would play in its prime, although Gerald Wilson's harmony has distinctly modern touches. Solos are by Bunn, Davis, Dotson and Evans. The band really smokes on this track, one of the most exciting this ensemble ever played.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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