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"Last of the Lions: Gerald Wilson"

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This past weekend we did a tribute show to bandleader Gerald Wilson, who turned 90 on Sept. 4. Focusing on his 1940s and 1960s big bands, it's now archived for online listening:

Last of the Lions: Gerald Wilson

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I capped off my evening yesterday listening to this program. Thanks a lot, it was a pleasure!

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I capped off my evening yesterday listening to this program. Thanks a lot, it was a pleasure!

Surprisingly, I especially enjoyed the 1940s stuff.

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Glad that you enjoyed it, Z and BillF. Yeah, the 1940s material holds up really well--I really recommend tracking down both of those Classics releases if you're into it. Again, there was a lot more music I wish I could've somehow fitted into the show...

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I was just listening to a Jimmy Witherspoon record where he was accompanied by a small group with Ben Webster on tenor and Gerald Wilson on trumpet. Wilson's very good. (I never tnk of him except as a composer/arranger/band leader.)

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Does he take any solos on Lunceford records? (Sadly, I don't have any Lunceford from 1941 or the years after...I do have the postwar Majestics that were reissued by Savoy, but Wilson's no longer in the band, obviously.)

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This past weekend we did a tribute show to bandleader Gerald Wilson, who turned 90 on Sept. 4. Focusing on his 1940s and 1960s big bands, it's now archived for online listening:

Last of the Lions: Gerald Wilson

When I saw 'past' I immediately thought---spelling notwithstanding--- I was about to read an obituary. Very glad that isn't the case. Gerald is one of the great writers, and has been for 60 years---from the days of Yard-dog Mazurka, et. al. His big band of the early 60s was a delight. I remember an interview where he got into his arranging MO, and as a composer myself I dug what he had to say. Also, I enjoy son Anthony's work---especially the duet with the late, great Nancy Lamott on P.S., I Love You (Nancy Lamott sings the lyrics of Johnny Mercer). He has a big band date also as leader, undoubtedly arranged by dad. I dug that, too. Edited by fasstrack

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I was just listening to a Jimmy Witherspoon record where he was accompanied by a small group with Ben Webster on tenor and Gerald Wilson on trumpet. Wilson's very good. (I never tnk of him except as a composer/arranger/band leader.)

Gerald Wilson took the place of the more usual Jack Sheldon on trumpet on the Curtis Counce Group's January 6 1958 date when they recorded "So Nice", "Origin", "Bella Rosa", "Night in Tunisia", "La Rue" and "Carl's Blues".

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I was just listening to a Jimmy Witherspoon record where he was accompanied by a small group with Ben Webster on tenor and Gerald Wilson on trumpet. Wilson's very good. (I never tnk of him except as a composer/arranger/band leader.)

Gerald Wilson took the place of the more usual Jack Sheldon on trumpet on the Curtis Counce Group's January 6 1958 date when they recorded "So Nice", "Origin", "Bella Rosa", "Night in Tunisia", "La Rue" and "Carl's Blues".

I think I have that record--will have to check it out again when I get home from work tonight.

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I was just listening to a Jimmy Witherspoon record where he was accompanied by a small group with Ben Webster on tenor and Gerald Wilson on trumpet. Wilson's very good. (I never tnk of him except as a composer/arranger/band leader.)

Gerald Wilson took the place of the more usual Jack Sheldon on trumpet on the Curtis Counce Group's January 6 1958 date when they recorded "So Nice", "Origin", "Bella Rosa", "Night in Tunisia", "La Rue" and "Carl's Blues".

I think I have that record--will have to check it out again when I get home from work tonight.

I have those tracks spread across two OJC/Contemporary albums: Carl's Blues and Sonority. You'd expect them all to be included on the recent Complete Studio Recordings: The Master Takes by Curtis Counce from Lonehill/Fresh Sound, but as is so often the case, some are omitted!

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'Last of the Lions' indeed. Feels like the end of an era. :(

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Yes--is there anybody else of note as a leader, composer/arranger, or soloist left? Bill Holman's still around, but he didn't come along until the early 1950s.

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