Gerald Wilson: Lomelin




Gerald Wilson Orchestra of the '80s


Love You Madly (Discovery DSCD-947)


Gerald Wilson (leader), Oscar Brashear (trumpet), Harold Land (tenor sax), Mike Wofford (acoustic piano),

Rick Baptist, Hal Espinosa, Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant (trumpet), Thurman Green, Jimmy Cleveland, Garnett Brown, Maurice Spears (trombone), Henry DeVega, Roger Hogan, Buddy Collette (reeds), Jerome Richardson, Anthony Ortega (alto sax), Ernie Watts (tenor sax) Jack Nimitz (baritone sax), Harold C. Land (electric piano), John B. Williams (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums)


Composed by Gerald Wilson


Recorded: Los Angeles, March 13-14, 1981


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Gerald Wilson's band had not made an album for 12 years when Albert Marx asked him back to record for his new label, Discovery. By then, Wilson had had his own radio program and was teaching jazz history at universities in California. His orchestra of the 1980s was filled with old and new faces and was as good as any ensemble he'd fronted. "Lomelin" continued in the tradition of "Viva Tirado" and "El Viti," other Wilson portraits of great bullfighters he has admired. Wilson's art had deepened since his '60s recordings: varied tempos and additional reeds make this a powerful concert work blending Mexican and jazz threads. Oscar Brashear delivers an emotional solo at the beginning and the end, with additional solos by Land (sax) and Wofford. The maestro was back where he belonged.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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