Gerald Wilson

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Gerald Wilson Orchestra


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Greatest living jazz orchestral composer releases Detroit, a six-part suite commissioned by the Detroit International Jazz Festival, and Wilson’s fourth release on Mack Avenue Records.

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Gerald Wilson's use of multiple harmonies was a hallmark of his big bands, earning him a reputation as a leading composer and arranger. His band was one of the greats in jazz, leaning heavily on the blues but integrating other styles. His arrangements influenced many musicians that came after him, including multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy, who dedicated the song "G.W." to Wilson on his 1960 release Outward Bound.