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Echo of Spring


  • 1. You and the Night and the Music - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    2. On a Misty Day - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    3. Echo of Spring - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    4. Caliso - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    5. Caminhos Cruzados - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    6. Isfahan - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    7. Joker, The - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    8. Turnaround - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    9. Breeze and I, The - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    10. Blessing, The - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    11. Upper Manhattan Medical Group - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
    12. Goodbye - (featuring Howard Alden/Joel Helleny/Murray Wall/Tom Melito)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 19206

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Chuck Wilson has worked with a wide range of jazz artists during his long career, especially gaining exposure in the Howard Alden-Dan Barrett Quintet and the big bands of Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, and Buddy Rich. Though he has worked as a leader on gigs, this is his belated recording debut as a leader. Calling upon several old friends for the session including Alden (who contributed the liner notes as well), trombonist Joel Helleny, bassist Murray Wall, and drummer Tom Melito, Wilson's soft-spoken alto sax doesn't dominate the proceedings, but more or less engages his fellow instrumentalists. Wilson's choice of repertoire is wide-ranging, including standards, both timeless and neglected jazz works, plus Brazilian music. Wilson channels alto sax great Johnny Hodges with his performances of two pieces from the vast Duke Ellington/Billy Strayhorn songbook: "Isfahan" and "U.M.M.G. (Upper Manhattan Medical Group)," both featuring Alden's intricate solos, the latter Helleny's
    sassy trombone. His choice of two Lee Morgan songs is inspired, the enchanting calypso "Caliso" and easygoing hard bop gem "The Joker." He switches to clarinet to play Harlem stride pianist Willie "The Lion" Smith's "Echo of Spring" (with Alden playing a convincing stride line on his seven-string electric guitar), with guest alto flautist Diva Goodfriend-Koven adding a harmony line. Wilson remains on clarinet for a playful setting of Ornette Coleman's twisted blues "Turnaround." Chuck Wilson's long overdue debut CD should provoke future record dates for the veteran reedman. ~ Ken Dryden

  • Critic Reviews
    JazzTimes (p.64) - "Wilson's eclecticism and joie de vivre are shared by the other players. Helleny -- this was his last album -- gives the impression that he could fit in with the players from any era."
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