CD Passages [Steve Wilson] (CD 106527),
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Passages [Steve Wilson]
1. Turnin' the Corner
2. Song for Anna
3. Eye of the Beholder
5. Roots & Herbs
6. Q-B Rab
8. Wilsonian's Grain
9. Days and Nights Waiting
10. Lexter, The
11. Wilsonian's Grain (Reprise) - (reprise)
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9025
Steve Wilson; Laura Hartmann; Chick Corea
Max Feldman; Josiah Gluck
Personnel: Steve Wilson (soprano & alto saxophones, flute, alto flute, whistle, caxixi, cowbell, tambourine, hand claps); Nicholas Payton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bruce Barth (acoustic & Fender Rhodes pianos, hand claps); Ed Howard (bass, hand claps); Adam Cruz (drums, bass drum, steel drums, bones, caxixi, clave, cowbell, percussion, hand claps); Laura (hand claps).
Recorded at Sound On Sound, New York, New York on December 19 & 20, 1999. Includes liner notes by Steve Wilson.
Personnel: Nicholas Payton (trumpet, flugelhorn); Bruce Barth (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, hand claps); Adam Cruz (drums, bass drum, claves, cowbells, steel pan, hand claps); Ed Howard (hand claps).
Recording information: Sound on Sound, New York, NY (12/19/1999/12/20/1999).
Photographers: Barron Claiborne; Jimmy Katz; Nicholas Payton.
Saxophonist Steve Wilson continues to be one of the most gifted young woodwind specialists on the modern scene. His intellectual approach and studied chops are coupled with a deep spiritual base and driving creativity. On PASSAGES, Wilson leads everything from a duo with pianist Bruce Barth to trios, quartets, and quintets with some of his closest contemporaries including trumpeter Nicholas Payton, bassist Ed Howard, and drummer/percussionist Adam Cruz. Together, this set reveals many of Wilson's abilities that have kept him extremely busy throughout his career.
The musical avenues that Wilson chooses to explore are as varied as the instruments that he has mastered. Complex jazz tunes like the opening "Turnin' The Corner, " with Wilson on alto, are balanced by more eclectic works like the Latin groove "Song For Anna" that features flute, Fender Rhodes, bass and a rhythmic shaker. Wilson also proves to be an adept soprano stylist on tunes like the gliding "Eye Of The Beholder" and Keith Jarrett's free-floating "Days And Nights Waiting." Other highlights of Wilson's talent include the burning "The Lexter" and the Caribbean-esque percussion feature "Roots & Herbs."
Down Beat (11/00, pp.74-5) - 4 stars out of 5 - "...One of the busiest woodwind sidemen on the scene....The tracks that work best are those with trumpeter Nicholas Payton; they also happen to be those where the leader plays alto sax..."
JazzTimes (10/00, p.97) - "...A fine work that indicates a Wilson masterpiece is forthcoming."
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