Gerald Wilson: Nancy Jo


Nancy Jo


Gerald Wilson (leader)


The Artist Selects: Gerald Wilson (Blue Note 31439)

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Gerald Wilson (leader), Carmell Jones (trumpet), Harold Land (tenor sax), Joe Pass (guitar),

Jules Chaiken, John Audino, Freddie Hill (trumpets), Bob Edmondson, Lou Blackburn, Frank Strong, Bob Knight (trombones), Bud Shank (flute, alto sax), Joe Maini (alto sax), Teddy Edwards (tenor sax), Don Raffell (baritone sax), Jack Wilson (piano), Jimmy Bond (bass), Mel Lewis (drums)


Composed by Gerald Wilson


Recorded: Los Angeles, August 27, 1962


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Named for one of Gerald Wilson's daughters, this track is a blues with a major difference: every chord change is an alternate harmony. To this writer's knowledge, this is the only Wilson score that has ever been made available to the public (it was published in an issue of Down Beat), and many arrangers studied it carefully to understand Wilson's harmonic sensibilities as well as the boppish sax section soli in the middle of the arrangement. Jones, Land and Pass solo. Doug Ramsey points out that this recording came a full year before Joe Pass's landmark Pacific Jazz album Catch Me, when the jazz public began to take notice of his solo skills.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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