You Better Believe It!

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You Better Believe It!
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Studio album by Gerald Wilson Orchestra
Released 1961
Recorded September 9 & 30, 1961
Pacific Jazz Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Genre Jazz
Length 33:30
Label Pacific Jazz
PJ 34
Producer Richard Bock
Gerald Wilson chronology
You Better Believe It!
Moment of Truth
(1962)Moment of Truth1962

You Better Believe It! is perhaps the seminal album by Gerald Wilson. Recorded in 1961, the album set the tone for a decade's worth of releases on the Pacific Jazz label.[1] Featuring a 17 piece orchestra, the music is arranged, directed and largely composed by Wilson. The orchestra is made up of west coast session players, and features Richard "Groove" Holmes, Harold Land, and Carmell Jones.


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

AllMusic rated the album with 4 stars; in his review, Joe Viglion said: "The 17-piece orchestra performs like a trio or quartet, each musician knowing where to be and when to execute, so the tension shifts and the moods change as subtle instrumentation slides in track by instrumental track. Shifting from quiet to quickly dramatic, the ideas keep flowing from Wilson's creative fount ".[2]

Track listing[edit]

All compositions by Gerald Wilson except as indicated

  1. "Blues for Yna Yna" - 6:51
  2. "Jeri" - 3:40
  3. "Moody Blue" - 3:05
  4. "Straight Up and Down" - 3:49
  5. "The Wailer" - 7:16
  6. "You Better Believe It" (Richard "Groove" Holmes, Gerald Wilson) - 5:16
  7. "Yvette" - 3:33



  1. ^ Pacific Jazz Records Catalog: 10000/20000 series accessed January 12, 2016
  2. ^ a b Viglion, Joe. You Better Believe It – Review at AllMusic. Retrieved January 13, 2016.