Herman's Helmet – Jack Wilson

An eclectic song that combines stop-time, bossa and swing over an extended form. The two recordings differ in many details. Our lead sheet is close to the version by Blue Mitchell, which has a sextet arrangement with full score and parts; we also have a condensed score for Jack's own recording.

Jack Wilson

August 3, 1936 – October 5, 2007

Pianist Jack Wilson was born in Chicago but moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, at age seven. By his fifteenth birthday, he had become the youngest member ever to join the Fort Wayne Musician’s Union. At the age of seventeen he played a two-week stint as a substitute pianist in James Moody’s band. After graduating from the local high school, Wilson spent a year and a half at Indiana University, where he met Freddie Hubbard and Slide Hampton. He went on to tour with a rock ‘n roll band, which led him to Columbus, Ohio, where he found the then-unknown Nancy Wilson and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. He settled there for a year, then moved to Atlantic City, where he led the house band at the local Cotton Club. Read more...

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