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The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson$
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Steven Loza

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496816023

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496816023.001.0001

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Moment of Truth

Moment of Truth

(p.40) Chapter 4 Moment of Truth
The Jazz Pilgrimage of Gerald Wilson

Steven Loza

University Press of Mississippi

In this chapter, Wilson describes the reasons he abandoned his early and highly successful musical career to study more music. Wilson realized that despite his high-rolling success as a bandleader and arranger, leading and working with premier jazz artists of the day, he did not feel right. Musically and artistically, he felt that he had not attained all of the technical skills or artistic diversity that called to him as a composer. He wanted to study more. Wilson's long-range goals included preparing himself for scoring motion pictures, composing for symphony orchestra, and cultivating his skills as a composer and orchestrator. Thus, he “woodshedded” during this period, studying and analyzing the works of composers such as Stravinsky, Falla, Ravel, Debussy, Bartók, Kabalevsky, Rodrigo, Beethoven, and Khachaturian.

Keywords:   Gerald Wilson, jazz musicians, music career, music study, composer

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