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Theme for Monterey

  • 1. Romance
    2. Lyons' Roar
    3. Lone Cypress, The
    4. Spanish Bay
    5. Cookin' on Cannery Row
    6. Summertime
    7. Anthropology
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1021

  • Credits

    THEME FOR MONTEREY was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance. "Romance" was nominated for a 1999 Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.
    In 1997, bandleader/arranger Gerald Wilson was commissioned by the Monterey Jazz Festival to write an original piece to be performed at that year's festival. Wilson's goal was to compose a melody that the audience would leave the venue singing to themselves. He succeeded by casting his "Theme for Monterey" in five different styles, with his big band interpreting the theme in a variety of moods -- as a ballad, a Latin romp, a medium-tempo piece and a shouting conclusion. His memorable five-part suite has solos by his son, guitarist Anthony Wilson, trumpeter Oscar Brashear, pianist Brian O'Rourke, trombonist George Bohanon, trumpeter Carl Saunders, Randall Willis on tenor, and others. Also on this CD are a couple pieces commissioned by the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Foundation, reworkings of "Summertime" and "Anthropology." Wilson was proud that he was able to give five-part harmonies to every melody note in the latter piece (Charlie Parker's original based on "I Got Rhythm"). Highly recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (5/98, pp.57-58) - 3 1/2 stars (out of 5) - "...Wilson leads a crack band here with integrity..."
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