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Music of Alec Wilder

  • 1. Where Is the One?
    2. Goodbye John
    3. Winter of My Discontent
    4. Moon and Sand
    5. Blackberry Winter
    6. Long Night, A
    7. Lady Sings the Blues
    8. That's My Girl
    9. While We're Young
    10. Homework
    11. Such a Lonely Girl Am I
    12. Little Circles
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 118

  • Credits
    EngineerSteve Davis; Steven David

    Personnel: Vic Juris (guitar); Dave Liebman (soprano & tenor saxophones); Tim Hagans (trumpet, flugelhorn); Steve LaSpina (bass); Jeff Hirshfield (drums).
    Recorded at the Steve Davis Studio, New York, New York on September 23, 1996. Includes liner notes by Bill Dobbins and Marian McPartland.
    Personnel: Vic Juris (guitar); David Liebman (saxophone); Tim Hagans (trumpet); Jeff Hirshfield (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Jamey Aebersold.
    Liner Note Author: Bill Dobbins.
    Recording information: Steve Davis Studio, NY (09/23/1996).
    Alec Wilder is in the running for a dubious honor: most overlooked figure in 20th century music. There's a noble aspect, therefore, to this collection of Wilder's songs, all of which work quite well as vehicles for cutting-edge jazz improvisation. Guitarist and leader Vic Juris enlists Dave Liebman on tenor and soprano sax, Tim Hagans on trumpet, Steve LaSpina on bass, and Jeff Hirshfield on drums. The group faithfully renders Wilder's melodies before the blowing begins -- a musical consideration of utmost importance to Wilder himself, as Bill Dobbins explains in his informative liner notes. Liebman and Hagans are beautifully recorded, and Juris varies the ensemble configurations to feature them, and himself, in ever-changing contexts. Highlights include Hagans and Juris delicately interpreting "Moon and Sand," Liebman soaring through "Blackberry Winter" on soprano, and both hornmen sinking their teeth into "Winter of My Discontent" and "Where Is the One." Nowhere is Wilder's compositional breadth more apparent than in the contrast between the heady angularity of "That's My Girl" and the deep melancholy of "The Lady Sings the Blues." ~ David R. Adler

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (4/97, pp.51-52) - 3.5 Stars (out of 5) - "...Juris, who came of age in the heyday of free-jazz and fusion, takes a postmodern, semi-abstract approach to the mainstream compositions of the late Alec Wilder....intoning the melodies as written before veering off into cubist improvisatinos that preserve Wilder's air of sophisticated melancholy..."
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