Gerald Wilson: Out of This World
Out of This World
Gerald Wilson (leader)
The Complete Pacific Jazz Recordings of Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra (Mosaic MD5-198)
Gary Barone, Dick Forrest, Alex Rodriguez (trumpet), Lester Robertson, Frank Strong, Thurman Green, Mike Wimberly (trombone), Henry DeVega (reeds), Ramon Bojorquez (alto sax), Harold Land, Hadley Caliman (tenor saxes), Richard Aplanalp (baritone sax), Phil Moore III (piano), Stan Gilbert (bass), Frank Butler (drums), Moises Obligacion (conga), Hugh Anderson (percussion).
Composed by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer. Arranged by Gerald Wilson.
Recorded: Los Angeles, January 2, 1968
Rating: 96/100 (learn more)
It says quite a bit when an arrangement written in 1945 sounds just as contemporary today. Gerald Wilson wrote his version of "Out of This World" for a concert in the earliest days of his band's career. The arrangement runs the gamut: several tempo changes, unusual re-harmonization and rhythms certainly show that Wilson was as modern and musically skilled as George Handy, Pete Rugolo and Ralph Burns. Bobby Bryant is the trumpet soloist who plays into the stratosphere, Ortega solos on alto sax, and during a slow Latin section, Hutcherson plays a lyrical solo. What other striking compositions and arrangements from that era of Wilson's career haven't we heard?
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof