has been leading big bands and recording albums for more than 60 years now, and this week he celebrates his 90th birthday. Last of the Lions: Gerald Wilson" features two of his most significant outfits: a modernistic 1940s powerhouse that included up-and-coming musicians such as trumpeter Snooky Young
and trombonist Melba Liston
, and an all-star 1960s West Coast unit that highlighted soloists such as tenor saxophonist Harold Land
and guitarist Joe Pass
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