Gerald Wilson: Triple Chase
Gerald Wilson Orchestra of the '80s
Love You Madly (Discovery DSCD-947)
Rick Baptist, Hal Espinosa, Oscar Brashear, Snooky Young, Bobby Bryant (trumpet), Thurman Green, Jimmy Cleveland, Garnett Brown, Maurice Spears (trombone), Henry DeVega, Roger Hogan, Buddy Collette (reeds), Anthony Ortega (alto sax), Jack Nimitz (baritone sax), Harold C. Land (electric piano), Mike Wofford (acoustic piano), John B. Williams (bass), Paul Humphrey (drums).
Composed by Gerald Wilson.
Recorded: Los Angeles, March 13-14, 1981
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
Only distortion on the original recording detracts from this up-tempo showcase for the Wilson orchestra's tenor saxophonists. With an introduction by electric pianist Land, the saxes play the melody (somewhat reminiscent of Coltrane's "Impressions") with high-voltage brass punctuations. Wilson, who loves being surrounded by good musicians and letting them play, must've had a ball listening to the contrasting styles of Watts, Land Sr. and an old colleague from his San Francisco days, Jerome Richardson. The track also features a solo by Conti.
Reviewer: Jeff Sultanof