Gerald Wilson: Viva Tirado


Viva Tirado


Gerald Wilson (leader)


New York, New Sound (Mack Avenue MAC 31009 + MAC 1019 [SACD])

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Gerald Wilson (leader), Renee Rosnes (piano), Sean Jones (trumpet), Jimmy Heath (tenor sax), Frank Wess (tenor sax), Jesse Davis (alto sax),

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

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  • 1 DLee // Oct 06, 2008 at 12:38 AM
    I heard this jazz sound a few minutes ago on Real Jazz Statelite Radio and I had to find out about the song and artist. I thought it was a 1960's sound and after reading the bio it surley was. Great Tune!!!!love to hear more