SCCD 31225 On The Roll / Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band
Ernie Wilkins made phenomenal contribution to the big band music in the last four decades by composing and arranging for such major big bands as those led by Earl Hines, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James and Clark Terry.
Wilkins moved to Copenhagen in 1979 and in 1980 launched his own Almost Big Band which consists of top musicians from Europe and USA.
“… Under leadership of Ernie Wilkins music never becomes a mere parade of soloists. He builds up a piece and gives it a form of unity. …Listeners will keep finding fresh surprises ….” (Albrekt von Konow, Orkester Journalen)
1. Almost Basie (Ernie Wilkins)
2. Ode to Billy Strayhorn (Ernie Wilkins)
3. Give the drummer some (Ernie Wilkins)
4. Tender touch (Ernie Wilkins)
5. I mean you (Thelonious Monk)
6. Arrival (Horace Parlan)
7. Lover man (Ram Ramirez)
8. B.P. blues (Ernie Wilkins)
9. A little bit of Duke (Ernie Wilkins)