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The CD Spiral" by the Dave Wilson Quartet:
Spiral Review published in Downbeat Magazine (November, 2010) John Ephland ***1/2 (3 and ½ stars)
With a crack band in pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino and Adam Nussbaum on drums, saxophonist Dave Wilson knows how to pick them and the music. Actually, most of these 11 tunes are Wilson's, with a few of the covers suggesting eclecticism: Toninho Horta's Francisca" and the Grateful Dead classic Friend Of The Devil." Eclectic because, as far as jazz albums go, Spiral is pretty standard, straight-ahead fare, sparked by Wilson's edgy yet loose tenor playing along with vivid comping and soloing by Markowitz, sold support from Marino and sensitive yet fiery playing from the always reliable Nussbaum. The Title track is an up-tempo swinger with a catchy melody hinged on two chords and great playing all around. Wilson's Movin' On," to take another example, is a good spot to hear the saxophonist's lyrical yet burly tone on this medium-slow swinger, Markowitz's piano adding its own lyrical sheen while Marino and Nussbaum channel their respective Jimmy Garrison and Elvin Jones vibes. Wilson's Like GS 2" (the title is a reference to Scott LaFaro's Gloria's Step," the song a reworking) is a light trio excursion, featuring the leader's Warne Marsh-like playing with Marino getting some room to solo against Nussbaum's tasty brushwork. This swinger indicates a band comfort level both wide and deep."
Spiral Review published in JazzTimes Magazine (December, 2010) Bill Milkowski
With stellar support from Pianist Phil Markowitz, Bassist Tony Marino, and drummer Adam Nussbaum, Pennsylvania-based saxophonist-educator Dave Wilson elevates his game and blows with authority on this collection of originals and smartly plucked covers. From the aggressive title track (with Wilson channeling his inner Trane on tenor) to the soothing bossa nova Ocean Blue," the expansive modal number Movin' On" and an intriguing variation on Scott LaFaro's Gloria's Step" (titled Like GS Step 2") the saxophonist showcases a bold sound, fertile ideas, and fluid lines. Also included are spirited covers of the Grateful Dead's Friend of the Devil" and Creed's My Own Prison.""
The CD Spiral" by the Dave Wilson Quartet was released officially on June 15th, courtesy of Summit Records, a nationally based label, located in Phoenix, Arizona (www.summitrecords.com). This features 6 original compositions in a contemporary mode including Spiral," Ocean Blue," Movin' On," Remembering," Summer Breezes," and Like GS 2"; plus unique arrangements of three contemporary pop classics including Friend of the Devil" by the psychedelic jam band icons the Grateful Dead; (You're the) Biggest Part of Me" by the L.A. 70's studio sensation Ambrosia; and My Own Prison" by the Alt Christian superstar rock band Creed; topped off by a lyrical and moving take on Tonhino Horta's beautiful jazz waltz, Francisca" and a soaring rendition of pianist Richie Bierach's epic Elm." Recorded at the famed Red Rock Studios, Saylorsburg, PA, Kent Heckman engineering, Dave enlisted the help of Phil Markowitz on Piano, Tony Marino on Bass, and Adam Nussbaum on Drums, all internationally acclaimed and renowned.
Asked why he chose these tunes to record Dave said, These songs, including the original compositions and the cover" tunes, are all, for various reasons, close to my heart. They are like personal statements of where I am at in my life, musically and otherwise. When I make and play music like this I am trying to communicate such heartfelt sentiments to the listener, whether they are in the club, the concert hall, or listening to the recording."
Already, Spiral has received radio airplay from some 40 stations nationwide along with positive critical reviews. This summer it achieved Chartbound" status in the Jazz Weekly countdown, topping at #51 nationwide, (staying in the 50's for over 8 weeks), as well as #41 in the Roots Radio Report! To date the Record has received over 440 spins, and has achieved media ranking of #10 in Boston (WGBH); #5 in Dallas (KNTU); #17 in San Diego (KSDS with over 40 spins); and peaking at #8 in Philadelphia. Dave had a great in-studio interview with DJ Jeff Duperon on WRTI-FM, Philadelphia's leading jazz station on Friday, July 23rd, lasting over an hour. Spiral received a great review (3 and ½ stars!) in the November issue of Downbeat Magazine, and is to be reviewed in the December issue of Jazz Times. The Summit released CD was featured in a full length ad for Summit Records in the September issue of Jazz Times. (Read below) The momentum is growing daily!
***Thursday, March 17th, Dave Wilson Quartet, (Jim Ridl on Piano; Tony Marino on Bass; Butch Reed on drums. Subject to change), Miles Café, 212 E. 52nd St. 3Fl. (b/2nd & 3rd Ave.), New York, NY 10022 milescafe.com, TEL：(212) 371-7657
Saxophonist DAVE WILSON
Dave Wilson was born and raised in Bronxville, NY. Rooted strongly in a music background since the fourth grade, Wilson continues to forge his name in jazz as a lasting influence. Wilson has been residing in the Lancaster, PA area since 1983.
As the leader of his own jazz groups, the Dave Wilson Quartet/Crazeology, Wilson and his band mates are known for their groundbreaking improvisations along with creative individualistic compositions and unique arrangements of standards. Wilson continues to stretch his boundaries freelancing with both big bands and small ensembles in the area. From concerts to festivals to club dates and private engagements, Wilson averages over 150 gigs per year and has held that number steady since 1990! Some of the highlights include appearances at the Media, Pa Jazz by Night" festival; York JazzFest (headlining in 2009 with Jim Ridl, Tony Marino, and Adam Nussbaum; in 2010 with Phil Markowitz, tony Marino, and Butch Reed),; regular appearances at Chris' Jazz Cafe (one of the leading jazz venues in Philadelphia; Philadelphia area Spiral" CD release 12/3/2010), In PA, The Berk's Jazz Fest, Harrisburg's American Music Festival, Bethlehem Muskiest, Lancaster Jazz Festival, and, with the Canal Street Hot 6, the Hot Steam Jazz Festival (Connecticut), The Suncoast Jazz Society (Clearwater, Fla), Baltimore's Camden Yards. On these and other engagements Wilson has worked with the likes of pianists Jim Ridl (Pat Martino), Phil Markowitz (Dave Liebman); bassists Tony Marino (Dave Liebman), Steve Varner (Pat Martino); drummers Adam Nussbaum, Bill Goodwin (Phil Woods), Marko Marcinko (Dave Liebman); as well as Steve Rudolph (legendary PA based pianist); Saxophonist Tim Warfield; and the legendary Philadelphia Guitarist and Jazz Guru Steve Giordano, among others. *Check out the Dave Wilson Quartet (with Jim Ridl, Tony Marino, and Adam Nussbaum) on You Tube, as they headline the 2009 Yorkfest. The group is back there again on 8/28/2010 with Phil Markowitz on piano, Tony on bass, and Philly's own Butch Reed on drums.
A highlight of Wilson's career was in the fall of 2002, when he released the first CD under his own name, titled Through the Time," featuring himself on tenor and soprano saxophones; Kirk Reese on piano; Steve Meashey on bass; and Jeff Stabley on drums. The release was picked up by Dreamscape Records and received significant airplay on WRTI-FM in Philadelphia, and enjoyed additional airplay on over 30 jazz stations nationwide! Through the Time found itself on a few individual stations top 5 stats. A second CD by the Dave Wilson Quartet titled My Time" was released in late 2005 on Dreambox Media, a leading Independent record company out of Philadelphia. It garnered favorable reviews nationwide, including such publications as The Philadelphia Inquirer, All About Jazz, as well as the March, 2007 issue of Jazz Times. It was in radio promotion in late 2006-early 2007 with Mike Carlson and again became a favorite at WRTI as well as some 35-40 jazz stations nationwide achieving Chartbound Status" and peaking at # 55 on the Jazz Week album chart rankings! Additionally My Time was invloved in a national campaign for publicity with Kari Gaffney (Kari-On Productions) and garnered top notch reviews. Dave has a new recording Spiral," featuring internationally known personnel, Phil Markowitz on Piano, Tony Marino on Bass, and Adam Nussbaum on Drums, released this June on nationally known Summit Records and garnering national airplay and rave reviews (See the Spiral" lead sheet). The momentum is growing daily, as reviewers and listeners experience the Dave Wilson vibe! Wilson was also co-leader for many years, with the great trumpet stylist, Ben Mauger, of the well known Traditional/New Orleans ensemble, the Canal Street Hot 6, (CD; Back In the Day). The Canal Street Hot 6 made numerous festival appearance for traditional jazz audiences including the Hot Steam Jazz Festival in Essex, Conn, the Suncoast Jazz Society in Clearwater, Fla., as well as for the Tri-State and Pennsylvania Jazz Societies. He now heads up an all-star Trad Jazz outfit called the Rampart Street Ramblers.
Wilson's experience also includes being a long standing member (retired to focus on his own endeavors) of the Dave Stahl Sacred Orchestra and Dave Stahl Big Band, (Dave Stahl is one of the leading Jazz trumpet artists in the nation.) The DSSO released 2CD's out on their own, both of which he performed on. With the big band he played alongside such Jazz luminaries as Wynton Marsalis, Tom Harrell, Lou Soloff (BS & T), the late Steve Marcus, John Fedchock, Conrad Herwig, Gary Smulyan, Steve Smith (from Journey), John Riley, among others. Dave has studied with the great saxophonists Joe Lovano, Bill Barron, Ralph Lalama, Tim Price, Glenn Guidone, Tom Stroman, as well as guitarist and jazz educator guru Philly's own Steve Giordano and pianist Kirk Reese. Wilson is a striking saxophonist with chops and maturity of tone that invokes passions and enthusiasm when listening to his vocabulary in jazz. Dave's educational background includes a BA in Philosophy from Wesleyan University and a BS in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College. He has been teaching privately on woodwinds on a full time basis since 1991, and has and is associated with some of the leading studios in the area. He also has a business buying and selling used musical instruments (information on which can be found on this web site.) He resides in Lancaster with his wife, Lisa, and their four cats.