Theme for Monterey

Theme for Monterey

by Gerald Wilson OrchestraGerald Wilson Orchestra


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/1998
Label: Mama Records
UPC: 0734956102128
catalogNumber: 1021
Rank: 81933

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gerald Wilson Orchestra   Primary Artist,Track Performer
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Ron Barrows   Trumpet
George Bohannon   Trombone
Oscar Brashear   Trumpet
Scott Mayo   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Brian O'Rourke   Piano
Carl Saunders   Trumpet
Randall Willis   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Anthony Wilson   Guitar
Carl Randall   Tenor Saxophone
Louis Taylor   Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Gerald Wilson   Arranger
Ron Barrows   Contributor
Benedict   Contributor
George Bohannon   Contributor
Oscar Brashear   Contributor
Gene Czerwinski   Executive Producer
Douglas Evans   Producer,Executive Producer
Trey Henry   Contributor
Scott Mayo   Contributor
Jack Nimitz   Contributor
Brian O'Rourke   Contributor
Carl Saunders   Contributor
Maurice Spears   Contributor
Randall Willis   Contributor
Snooky Young   Contributor
Anthony Wilson   Contributor
Rich Breen   Engineer
Kirk Silsbee   Liner Notes
Carl Randall   Contributor
Louis Taylor   Contributor
Mel Lee   Contributor
Josefina Wilson   Contributor,Band Coordinator
Armond Bagdasarian   Art Direction

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