Born 1919 .
Died 1959 .
A colorful, propulsive drummer, Shadow Wilson
worked with many major bands during his career. He was both a
sensitive and exciting stylist, and could provide rhythmically
dynamic and softly sympathetic accompaniment using sticks or
brushes. He began playing with Lucky Millinder in 1939, then
worked with Benny Carter, Tiny Bradshaw, Lionel Hampton, Earl
Hines, Count Basie, and Woody Herman. Wilson later worked in the
combos of Illinois Jacquet, Erroll Garner, and Thelonious Monk,
and played with Ella Fitzgerald. He worked frequently with Sonny
Stitt in the '50s, and recorded with Basie, Joe Newman, Monk and
Lee Konitz. Wilson didn't record any albums as a leader, but can
be heard on CD reissues by Basie, Phil Woods and Gene Quill,
Tadd Dameron and Monk. By Ron Wynn The
All Music Guide