The Everest Years

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Arranger Ernie Wilkins' two Everest LPs, Here Comes the Swingin' Mr. Wilkins and The Big New Band of the '60s, are reissued in full on this single CD. Recording during 1959-1960, Wilkins used an overlapping personnel of Count Basie members both past and of the time, some of the top jazz-oriented studio players, and various miscellaneous jazz musicians. There is no way that this could have been a full-time big band, not with such soloists as Duke Ellington's tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, trumpeters Clark Terry and Thad Jones, and the Basie players, but Wilkins' swinging arrangements gave his short-lived orchestra its own sound. The weak point to the program is that all ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Arranger Ernie Wilkins' two Everest LPs, Here Comes the Swingin' Mr. Wilkins and The Big New Band of the '60s, are reissued in full on this single CD. Recording during 1959-1960, Wilkins used an overlapping personnel of Count Basie members both past and of the time, some of the top jazz-oriented studio players, and various miscellaneous jazz musicians. There is no way that this could have been a full-time big band, not with such soloists as Duke Ellington's tenor saxophonist Paul Gonsalves, trumpeters Clark Terry and Thad Jones, and the Basie players, but Wilkins' swinging arrangements gave his short-lived orchestra its own sound. The weak point to the program is that all of the selections clock in around three minutes apiece, which was unnecessary by the late '50s, resulting in all of the solos being very brief. However, the music is easily enjoyable, making this set recommended to fans of swinging big bands.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Empire Musicwerks
  • UPC: 654545075629
  • Catalog Number: 450756

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ernie Wilkins Primary Artist
Walter Bishop Jr. Piano
Ron Carter Double Bass
Eddie Costa Vibes
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Al Grey Trombone
Thad Jones Piano, Trumpet
Marshall Royal Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Yusef Lateef Tenor Saxophone
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Henderson Chambers Trombone
Clark Terry Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paul Felice Trombone
Charlie Fowlkes Baritone Saxophone
Benny Golson Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Jones Piano
Charlie Persip Drums
Earle Warren Alto Saxophone
Frank Wess Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Snooky Young Trumpet
Eddie Jones Bass
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Jack Rains Trombone
Richard Gene Williams Trumpet
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Chick Webb Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ogden Nash Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger, Director
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Nat Hentoff Liner Notes, Original Liner Notes
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Roy Turk Composer
G. Forrest Composer
R. Ellis Composer
R. Douglas Wright Composer
Aldo Venturacci Art Direction
Michael Lauzardo Graphic Design
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