Wiggin' Out

Gerry Wiggins

Wiggin Out
  • CAT # OJCCD-1034-25

    1. Wiggin' Out 6:56
    2. Teach Me Tonight 5:36
    3. A Night In Tunisia 7:00
    4. Yes, Dove 7:58
    5. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 6:57
    6. Without A Song 4:29

New York native Gerry Wiggins is a king of swing-based piano, a man who's made bands led by Benny Carter, Teddy Edwards, and others sound even better. Wearing another hat, he helped Marilyn Monroe with her songs for the film Let's Fall in Love. In all his years at the keys, the hard-driving and appealing "Wig" has only made two albums on organ: tenor saxophonist Edwards's Heart & Soul (OJC-177) and this dandy session, from 1960. Here, Wig works with one of Southern California's unsung heroes, the dynamic tenorman Harold Land, plus vibrant drummer Jackie Mills as the fellows tackle the upbeat title track, an equally spirited "A Night in Tunisia," the foot-tapping "Don't Get Around Much Anymore," and a bluesy "Teach Me Tonight."

with Harold Land, Jackie Mills

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