Gerald Wilson: Warm Mood


Warm Mood


Gerald Wilson (leader)


Gerald Wilson and His Orchestra 1945-1946 (Classics 976)

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Gerald Wilson (leader),

Snooky Young, Hobart Dotson, Joe “Red” Kelly, James Anderson (trumpets), Melba Liston, Isaac Livingstone, Ralph Bledsoe, Robert Huerta (trombones), Floyd Turnham, Gus Evans (alto saxes), Vernon Slater, Eddie (not “Lockjaw”) Davis (tenor saxes), Maurice Simon (baritone sax), Elijah “Buddy” Harper (guitar), Jimmy Bunn (piano), Robert Rudd (bass), Henry Tucker Green (drums)


Composed by Melba Liston


Recorded: Los Angeles, 1946


Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

Melba Liston was born in Kansas City, Missouri, and moved with her family to Los Angeles at the age of 11. A professional trombonist since she was 16 and a regular contributor to the Gerald Wilson book, she was 20 when she wrote this lovely alto feature for Floyd Turnham. A solo by Bunn is also heard before a modulation and dissonant ending, making the mood a little less warm and more uncertain. Liston was to have a major career writing and playing for Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones and Randy Weston, and even at this early stage had something beautiful and profound to say.

Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof

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