Gerald Wilson: Et-ta




Gerald Wilson (leader)


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

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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: 95/100 (learn more)

This track is a showcase for tenor saxophonist Eddie (not "Lockjaw") Davis, although the composition itself also has interest. After a brass fanfare, the simple melody is accompanied by a two-beat rhythm la Jimmie Lunceford, then the saxes and brass roar in parallel chromatic chords before the melody returns in 4-beat rhythm. Another modern touch is in the tune's "B" section, where Wilson throws in a rhythmic displacement of 3+3+2 while the band plays flatted fifth chords. During the solo, the listener is reminded of Illinois Jacquet with Lionel Hampton's band, but only Gerald Wilson could have written these unique and exciting sounds.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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