Gerald Wilson: Viva Tirado
Gerald Wilson (leader)
New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue MAC 31009 + MAC 1019 [SACD])
Jimmy Owens, Eddie Henderson, Frank Greene (trumpets), Benny Powell, Luis Bonilla, Dennis Wilson, Douglas Purviance (trombones), Jerry Dodgion (alto sax), Jay Brandford (baritone sax), Anthony Wilson (guitar), Larry Ridley (bass), Stix Hooper (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion).
Composed by Gerald Wilson.
Recorded: New York, February 2003
Rating: 97/100 (learn more)
It was inevitable that someone would ask Gerald Wilson to record many of his classic arrangements with an all-star New York big band. Happily, Stix Hooper made it happen and even played on one of the sessions. "Viva Tirado" was dedicated to bullfighter Jose Ramon Tirado, and has become a jazz and Latin standard since Wilson first recorded it in 1962. Solos are by Rosnes, Jones, Heath and Wess trading, and Davis. This performance may be a bit laid back for some, but you can feel the love for the leader in every track on the album. Try to hear the SACD version of this CD, which is not as dry and constricted as the stereo mix.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof