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The Dave Wilson All-Star Jazz Quartet in concert for the Yorkfest Arts Festival on Aug 28th
Special event on Saturday August 28th! The Dave Wilson All-Star Jazz Quartet, (featuring internationally renowned Jazz legends Phil Markowitz-Piano (Bob Mintzer, Dave Liebman); Tony Marino-Bass (Dave Liebman) ; Butch Reed (Legendary Philly drummer, Bootsie Barnes, Larry McKenna others), and led by Summit Records recording artist Dave Wilson on Tenor and Soprano Saxophones) will be performing in a FREE concert for the Yorkfest Fine Arts Festival, at the Strand Capital Theatre on 42 N. George Street in Downtown York, Pa. from 7:00-9:00. The group will be featuring music from the new CD “Spiral” by The Dave Wilson Quartet (featuring Phil Markowitz, Tony Marino, Adam Nussbaum, and recorded at Red Rock Studios, Soudersburg, PA, and released this summer nationwide on Summit Records), Opening will be the Mike Burton Quartet at 6 PM. Admission is Free!
DAVE WILSON QUARTET “SPIRAL” (SUMMIT RECORDS DCD 544) STREET DATE: June 15 2010
DAVE WILSON tenor and soprano saxophones; PHIL MARKOWITZ piano; TONY MARINO bass; ADAM NUSSBAUM drums.
http://www.davewilsonmusic.org • Label Website: http://www.summitrecords.com
CD Review: http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=37140
By Karl Ackermann
What The Press Is Saying About “SPIRAL”
Saxophonist Dave Wilson was previously a member of two Dave Stahl groups, also playing with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Lew Soloff and Conrad Herwig and studying with the great Joe Lovano. The New York native has released two previous collections as a leader, and is actively immersed in music as both an educator and a business person. Wilson’s compositions and covers reflect an eclectic approach, featuring ballads, Latin influences, free improvisation and mainstream jazz. Wilson’s and his quartet may well have produced their breakout effort with Spiral; a potpourri of jazz styles from sometimes unlikely sources, it nevertheless flows and holds together, thanks to the multiple skills of Wilson and his band. The opening title track–appropriate to its name–does, indeed, spiral, jump and swing. Wilson’s feverishly fast attack is matched by Phil Markowitz’s blistering piano solos as the two set the improvisational tone for much of Spiral. The Richie Beirach masterpiece, “Elm,” demonstrates Wilson’s arranging skills, as he takes this complex piece to a place unique from the original. With its Latin approach and slower tempo, “Ocean Blue” represents a change of pace; Wilson’s tenor and Markowitz dominate but, in the quieter surroundings, it is a good place to note the nuanced expertise of veteran drummer Adam Nussbaum, who guides and subtly shifts the rhythm throughout. Perhaps the best display of Wilson’s arranging skills are heard on the barely recognizable Grateful Dead classic, “Friend of the Devil.” More up-tempo than the original (as opposed to The Dead’s ubiquitous live versions), Wilson’s rippling soprano bookends some great solo work from Markowitz, while bassist Tony Marino has sufficient space to platform his virtuosity. Always nearby in the mix, Marino doesn’t break out often, but provides a deep, steady and creative backdrop for the saxophonist and pianist. Perhaps the most energized piece in the collection, Creed’s “My Own Prison” is another standout rock cover, with Wilson’s tenor at its gritty best. That rough-edged but fluid mood continues through “Movin’ On,” Wilson’s self-described favorite piece on Spiral. Should it appear that cover arrangements are the highlights of Spiral, rest assured that they are just part of the overall package. Wilson’s own contributions account for more than half the numbers and they measure up across the board. Whether the focus is on melody or free improvisation, Wilson is more than up to the task and could not have found a more empathetic collaborator than Markowitz. Spiral is an inventive, high-energy collection with a number of very accessible compositions that should propel Wilson’s career as a leader.
CD Review: http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:0jfyxzysldfe by Alex Henderson When an album includes songs by the Grateful Dead, Creed, and Ambrosia, the phrase "instrumental, acoustic-oriented post-bop jazz" usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But tenor/soprano saxophonist Dave Wilson’s Spiral is, in fact, an instrumental, acoustic-oriented post-bop jazz album that includes songs by the Grateful Dead, Creed, and Ambrosia — and the impressive thing is that Wilson’s jazz mentality is as strong on the rock and pop/rock material as it is on the original compositions that dominate this 2009 recording. Of course, it would come as no surprise if a smooth jazz artist recorded something by Ambrosia, who were huge in the soft rock and adult contemporary markets in the mid- to late ’70s and early ’80s. But Spiral isn’t smooth jazz; Wilson gets his inspiration from post-bop saxophonists like Wayne Shorter, John Coltrane, and Joe Henderson (with a healthy appreciation of Michael Brecker as well). And when he tackles the Grateful Dead’s "Friend of the Devil," Creed’s "My Own Prison," and Ambrosia’s "Biggest Part of Me," Wilson isn’t playing the type of vapid, note-for-note covers one associates with Dave Koz, Richard Elliot or the late George Howard. That isn’t the scenario at all. Wilson (who forms a quartet with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino, and drummer Adam Nussbaum) seriously interprets those three tunes, and his solos are equally introspective on six original compositions and a memorable arrangement of Brazilian star Toninho Horta’s "Francisca." The fact that Wilson can take songs from Bay Area jam band country-rock, post-grunge, alternative rock, soft rock/adult contemporary, and Brazilian jazz-pop and make all of them relevant to post-bop speaks well of the Pennsylvania-based saxophonist, who is in fine form throughout Spiral.
CD Review: http://www.tmcnet.com/usubmit/2010/07/15/4902978.htm St. Joseph News-Press, Mo., Street Beats column: Dave Wilson Quartet, ‘Spiral’ (Summit Records)
Jul 15, 2010 (St. Joseph News-Press – McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) — From press release: With the release of "Spiral," saxophonist Dave Wilson’s third CD, he has teamed up with pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Adam Nussbaum, first call players with storied careers.
CD Review: http://www.jsojazzscene.org/cdreviews.htm by George Fendel
If might be said that Dave Wilson represents a new segment of jazz musicians who test the ears of the listener nearly exclusively through their own compositions. Wilson has roots in Coltrane, but I found his actual tenor sound to have earlier inflences as well. While his compositions would never be described as avante garde, they at times test your ability to determine a melody line. Some of his compositions were more reigned in than others, but overall, there’s a very urban, brawny sound that he seems to favor. For this recording, Wilson enlisted some top echelon talent in Phil Markewitz, piano, Tony Martino, bass, and Adam Nussbaum, drums. If you’re looking for Zoot, Ben or Getz, this won’t be you entree, but if you like being inside the outside, these guys dig pretty deep. CD Review: MIDWEST RECORD I can remember the first time I got records from Omnisound and I couldn’t figure out what the hell the Delaware Water Gap was. While driving down the road some time later, there was a turn off on I-80 for Delaware Water Gap. I got off expecting to find something akin to the world’s largest ball of twine. It was a town. Have a laugh on me. And that area seems to still be fertile for jazz if this set that springs from the central Pennsylvania area is any proof. Snappy modern jazz that you don’t have to be a hard core hipster to enjoy. With a swinging, after hours feel, this is a cooking date fueled by local luminaries that are having a great time. It sounds like you will too. Check it out. CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher For Interviews, Photos and Promos Contact:
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