Saturday, December 19, 2015

Gerald Wilson - Portraits

An excellent album from Gerald Wilson — one that features some of his most inventive writing and arranging to date! The album's a perfect balance between the two sides of LA jazz in the 60s — the soul jazz groove, and the growing modern scene — which often didn't get the larger exposure it needed, but would sometimes peek forth under the guidance of mainstream figures like Wilson. The set features very strong solo work by hip LA players like Jimmy Woods on alto, Jack Wilson on piano, Harold Land on tenor, and Joe Pass on guitar — and the tracks are all tributes to some of Wilson's biggest influences — so "Eric" is dedicated to Eric Dolphy, "Ravi" to Ravi Shankar, "Paco" to the great Spanish matador, and so on. The whole thing's quite hip, and another example of how Wilson could perfectly balance the modernist impulses of the LA underground with a tight sense of arrangement and presentation that helped him reach a very wide audience at the time.
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Gerald Wilson


1 So What (Davis)  5:54
2 'Round Midnight (Hanighen, Monk, Williams)  5:09
3 Paco (Wilson)  6:19
4 Ravi (Wilson)  5:59
5 Aram (Wilson)  3:45
6 Eric (Wilson)  3:13
7 Caprichos (Wilson)  7:14


Gerald Wilson - arr. & cond.
Al Porcino [# 1-4], Ray Triscari [# 5-7], Carmell Jones, Nathaniel Meeks, Freddie Hall, Julius Chaikin - tp
Bob Edmondson, John Ewing, Don Switzer, Lester Robinson [# 1-4], Lew McCreary [# 5-7] - tb
Bud Shank - fl [# 7 only]
Joe Maini, Jimmy Woods - as
Teddy Edwards, Harold Land - ts
Jack Nimitz - bs
Joe Pass - g
Jack Wilson - p
Leroy Vinnegar [# 1-4], Dave Dyson [# 5-7] - b
Chuck Carter - dr
Modesto Duran - bng [# 3 & 4]

Recorded at Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles ; December 2, 1963 [# 1-4] ; & January 8, 1964, other selections.


anon'n'on said...

thanks for this nice looking post..nice run of stuff usual

Anonymous said...

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ita diegues said...

Thank you Melanchthon.

Blue Eyes said...

Superb arrangement, great album, thanks a lot Mel for this post!

Bill said...

Many thanks for the share

Axel.T. said...

Just a timeless album of great music.
Best Regards,

Philo said...

I have Gerald Wilson's "Portraits" in my collection. Definitely a keeper. Recommended music.

rm said...

merci beaucoup!

Doc Litmus said...

Thank you !

Pippo said...

Thank you Mel, nice stuff.

canonT3 said...

Many thanks again Mel for this great Jazz.

jazztap said...


Albertito Jazz said...

Thanks, señor Melanchthon!!

CrunchyFrog said...

thanks a million for the nice post!

Melanchthon said...

deGallo said...

...and with Joe Pass. Thank you.

rob 60 said...

archive damaged as I can open the files ???? Help Me

Mike said...

Just been looking around for some more GW, and here it is! Thanks.

Musrafak said...

Grazie mille

rob 60 said...

what is some more GW ??Thanks

ProfessorCalculus said...


Jazzsoulman said...

Thank You

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel! Completely new to me.

Anonymous said...

yes. sure great... but what is the pass??