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  • Audio CD (18 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mack Avenue
  • ASIN: B004X6J3EQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Gerald Wilson pays homage to his adopted hometown, Chicago on his fifth Mack Avenue Records release, Legacy. Composers Igor Stravinsky and Giacomo Puccini also receive Wilson's musical tips of the hat. Wilson's son, guitarist/composer Anthony Wilson, and grandson Eric Otis are also represented by a composition/orchestration apiece, thus extending Gerald's musical legacy. The Gerald Wilson Orchestra assembled for Legacy comprises many of the great jazz artists who've been Gerald's collaborators for the lion's share of his Mack Avenue canon. A first-class rhythm section of pianist Renee Rosnes, guitarist Anthony Wilson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lewis Nash anchors the group. Trumpeters Sean Jones, Frank Greene, Jeremy Pelt, Tony Lujan, Freddie Hendrix and Mike Rodriguez along with trombonists Dennis Wilson, Douglas Purviance, Luis Bonilla and Alan Ferber stud the brass section. Antonio Hart, Dick Oatts, Kamasi Washington, Ron Blake, Jay Brandford and Gary Smulyan comprise the reeds.


(4 stars) Evocative times elegiac, at others hard-swinging and richly-textured...a classy album full of interest, colour and vibrant solo playing. -- Jazzwise, (Peter Vacher), September 2011

The ensemble shimmers, the rhythms are effortless and solo strength is high - saxophonists Antonio Hart and Ron Blake among the notables. -- Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), July 30, 2011

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Simply fantastic. This is how big band jazz should be played. Recommend this cd to all jazz lovers. A superb addition for any jazz fans library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice 29 Jan. 2012
By stillrainey - Published on
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Unfortunately (for me), I had never heard of Gerald Wilson before seeing an article about his new CD just a few months ago. If you like jazz, if you like that big band sound, then please TREAT YOURSELF to this amazing CD. This is no kiddie jazz. This is the music of a seasoned musician! I've worn it out and it's worn me out! I can't sit still when I listen to it. This man is 94 years old and writes and conducts music like this? I can't even find the pen I just had. So happy that I bought it!
5.0 out of 5 stars Breezy 18 April 2014
By alan - Published on
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This 50 minute recording seems to go by very quickly. Of Gerald Wilson's Mack Avenue recordings, Legacy is second best to the masterful In My Time. Dig the swirling horns on 47th Street Blues! Great solos abound and pianist Renee Rosnes has never sounded better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Legacy-Gerald Wilson 14 Feb. 2012
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Gerald Wilson never disappoints,and with "Legacy" he has hit another grand slam.This album equates with his other great albums:and I know,because I own them.I believe that anyone who is a fan of big band jazz will find this music very stirring and that their purchase was well worth the money.
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT! 6 April 2014
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Even past his 90s, this man still has plenty of creative juice flowing! Gave this album a listen the other day and it is absolutely brilliant from track one to the end.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gerald is good 26 Jan. 2013
By James T. Paxton - Published on
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This is rally a good big band. I wish he would play more upbeat songs because this band could really handle it!
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