Gerald Wilson - You Better Believe It! + Moment of Truth

2013 European CD release

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Composer, arranger and trumpeter Gerald Wilson has recorded big band albums of extraordinarily consistent brilliance throughout his remarkable and enormously long career. And those he made in the 1960s represent one of several peaks. On both You Better Believe It! and its worthy follow-up Moment of Truth, Wilson’s writing is personal and uncluttered; he resists the temptation to deploy all his forces at once, building logically to climactic tutti passages, dealing mostly with blues and groovy originals.

The orchestra, made up of top West Coast men, generates a strong drive, plays cleanly and precisely, and was blessed with fine soloists. Holmes is impressive with a big band shouting behind and around him. Carmell Jones, who is also heavily featured, shows he was a thinking young musician. But as good as them were Teddy Edwards, Walter Benton, Harold Land, Joe Maini, Jack Wilson, and guitarist Joe Pass, who plays stunningly in every one of his featured segments. Amid this wealth of jazz talent, though, Wilson’s writing, particularly on Moment of Truth, remains the star of the show, with a harmonic sophistication that is never exercised at the expense of jazz virtues like groove, drive and swing.

GERALD WILSON, leader, arranger,conductor & trumpet on all tracks, with:

(1-8) from the album You Better Believe It! (Pacific Jazz ST-34)
Collective personnel including:
Carmell Jones, Ray Triscari, Jimmy Zito, Johnny Audino, Al Porcino, Jack Traynor (tp)
Bob Edmondson, Lester Robertson, John Ewing, Frank Strong (tb
Kenny Shroyer (btb); Buddy Collette (as, cl, fl); Harry Klee, Joe Maini (as)
Teddy Edwards, Harold Land, Walter Benton (ts); Don Raffell (bar)
Gene Edwards (g); Richard “Groove” Holmes (org); Jimmy Bond (b); Mel Lewis (d).

Recorded at Pacific Enterprises, Inc./ Rex Studios; Los Angeles, September 9 & 30, 1961

(9-16) from the album Moment of Truth (Pacific Jazz ST-61)
Carmell Jones, Jules Chaikin, Johnny Audino, Fred Hill, Al Porcino (tp)
Bob Edmondson, Lou Blackburn, Frank Strong, Les Robertson, (tb); Bob Knight, Frank Strong (btb)
Bud Shank (as, fl); Joe Maini (as); Teddy Edwards, Harold Land (ts); Don Raffell, Jack Nimitz (bar)
Jack Wilson (p); Joe Pass (g); Jimmy Bond (b); Mel Lewis (d); Modesto Duran (added on conga drums #8 & 14)

Recorded at Pacific Enterprises, Inc./ Rex Studios; Los Angeles, on August 27, 1962

(17) Bonus track: 17, from the album Business Meetin (Pacific Jazz ST-53)
Carmell Jones /tp); Bud Shank, Clifford Scott (as) Harold Land, Wilbur Brown (ts)
Don Rafell (bs) Frank Strazzeri (p) Leroy Vinnegar (b) Ron Jefferson, (d)
Gerald Wilson, arranger.

Recorded at Pacific Enterprises Inc./Rex Studios, Los Angeles, on May 23, 1962


SKU 8436542013956
Barcode # 8436542013956
Brand American Jazz Classics

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