Gerald Wilson / Gerald Wilson's Orchestra of the 80's


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Arranger-bandleader Gerald Wilson's first recording in 12 years resulted in the first of his four albums for Albert Marx's Discovery/Trend labels. Wilson's arranging style was essentially the same as it had been in the 1960s and his large big band featured many alumni plus some other younger L.A.-based jazzmen. Lomelin (the title cut is dedicated to a bullfighter) has six newly-written Wilson originals including tributes to his son, Zubin Mehta ("Blues for Zubin") and Marx ("You Know"). The music is straight-ahead with plenty of solo space for such players as pianist Mike Wofford, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, guitarist Shuggie Otis and the tenors of Ernie Watts, Harold Land, and Jerome Richardson.