Friday, January 18, 2013

Around the World in 80 Days with the Gerald Wiggins Trio

The problem with Victor Young's score to Around the World in 80 Days is that, other than the title song, none of the melodies were at all memorable. When was the last time anyone performed "Aouda," "Passepartout" or "The Royal Barge?" This CD reissue was made during a period when many Broadway show and film scores were being recorded in jazz settings but, although pianist Gerald Wiggins (along with bassist Eugene Wright and drummer Bill Douglass) does his best, the results (under a half-hour of music) are pleasant and swinging but predictably lightweight and not too substantial.
Scott Yanow

Source :

Modern Jazz interpretations of Victor Young's Score by the
Gerald Wiggins
Around the World in 80 Days


1 Around the World (Pt. 1) (Young)  4:16
2 Aouda (Young)  4:12
3 Passepartout (Young)  5:15
4 Around the World (Pt. 2) (Young)  2:40
5 La Coquette (Young)  2:27
6 Around the World (Young)  1:46
7 The Royal Barge (Young)  3:24
8 Way Out West (Hart, Hummell, Rodgers)  5:18 


Gerald Wiggins - p
Eugene Wright - b
Bill Douglass - dr

Recorded at Audio Arts Studio, Hollywood ; June 12, 1957

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