Gerald Wilson: Dissonance in Blues

Track

Dissonance in Blues

Artist

Gerald Wilson (leader)

CD

Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra 1946-1954 (Classics 1444)

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Musicians:

Gerald Wilson (leader),

Ernie Royal, Walter Williams (trumpets), Melba Liston, Henry Coker, Robert Wagner, Trummy Young (trombones), Willie Smith (alto sax), Irving Ashby (guitar), Jimmy Bunn or Vivian Fears (piano), Red Callender (bass), Oscar Bradley (drums), others unidentified

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Composed by Gerald Wilson

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Recorded: Los Angeles, 1947

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Rating: 97/100 (learn more)

Gerald Wilson's band was beginning to reach the highest rungs of popularity and stardom when the leader decided to disband and study music intensely. He purchased scores by Stravinsky, Debussy, Bartok and other modern composers so that he could write anything for any media. This recording reflects his studies and shows his fascination with alternate harmonies and unusual instrumental voicings while serving as a feature for virtuoso bassist Callender, who also shows off his bowing technique at the end of the track. Even with a flawed ending on the final chord, this is an important statement by Wilson. Even though he would take a hiatus as a recording bandleader, he would stay busy writing for Ellington, Basie and Gillespie for the next three years.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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