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Wilson, Gerald Orchestra / Legacy
Album:Legacy Collection:Jazz
Artist:Wilson, Gerald Orchestra Added:08/2011
Label:Mack Avenue 

A-File Activity
Add Date:2011-08-07 Pull Date:2011-10-09 Charts:Jazz
Week Ending:9 Oct25 Sep18 Sep14 Aug

 Recent Airplay
1.Nov 03, 2016:No Cover, No Minimum
Yes Chicago Is... Cubs, Bears, Bulls, And White Sox
4.Sep 23, 2011:No Cover, No Minimum - Coltrane Day
Variation On A Theme By Giacomo Puccini
2.Oct 04, 2011:Rebop
Variation On A Theme By Giacomo Puccini
5.Sep 20, 2011:feelin' the music
Variation On A Theme By Giacomo Puccini
3.Sep 24, 2011:Rebop
September Sky
6.Sep 14, 2011:Memory Select

Album Review
Reviewed 2011-08-07 
Mack Avenue, 2011

MODERN BIG BAND – Elder statesman Wilson (age 92), who has had a real resurgence in recent years, leads his talented orchestra through their usual riff-based paces, but he’s toning down the high-energy bebop fireworks these days. This CD includes a 7-part suite dedicated to Chicago, some hit-and-miss classically-derived romps, and nice tunes by Wilson’s son (guitarist Anthony Wilson) and grandson (Eric Otis).

Fo’s Picks: 2, 4, 5, 7, 9

1. 3:34 – striding, brassy take on a snippet of Stravinsky; sax & trumpet solos
2. 9:57 – relaxed, heavily arranged retro-urban feel, short solos start after 4:00
3. 7:34 – “Clair de Lune” becomes a blues(!), big-band glide, hip piano stroll
4. 6:18 – slow aria, switches to stroll: trumpet leads 1st half, saxes take 2nd half
5. 7:04 – calm ballad for flute & flugelhorn, with surprise speedy bop interlude

SUITE (all variations on one theme)

6. 2:09 – slow piano & band intro
7. 3:42 – slow intro, upbeat stroll
8. 1:55 – peppy bop bounce
9. 3:10 – hip shimmy, trumpet growl
10. 1:08 – sassy strut, high trumpet
11. 1:00 – quick spin thru the theme
12. 2:18 – slow, film-noir romance

[ Fo ] – August 2011

Track Listing
1.Variation On A Theme By Igor Stravinsky 7.Yes Chicago Is... A Night At The El Grotto
2.Virgo 8.Yes Chicago Is... Riffin' At The Regal
3.Variations On Clair De Lune 9.Yes Chicago Is... Cubs, Bears, Bulls, And White Sox
4.Variation On A Theme By Giacomo Puccini 10.Yes Chicago Is... 47th St. Blues
5.September Sky 11.Yes Chicago Is... Blowin' In The Windy City
6.Yes Chicago Is... A Jazz Mecca 12.Yes Chicago Is... A Great Place To Be