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)

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Gerald Wilson (leader), Bobby Bryant (trumpet), Anthony Ortega (alto sax), Bobby Hutcherson (vibes),

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

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  • 1 Mike Wimberly // Jan 30, 2009 at 05:23 AM
    I remember doing that record date with Gerald just like it was last month. In those days we didn't do rhythm tracks - everybody was all in one room trying to blend. It was my second recording with the band. I was 24. mw