by Dan Bilawsky
Saxophonist Dave Wilson cuts an imposing figure on the cover of There Was Never, his fourth album in total and his first on the Zoho Music imprint. There's intensity fixed on his face, with eyes closed in concentration and embouchure set for attack. And then there's his tenor saxophone. It has a larger than life presence in the photo. This is the picture of a man on a mission, a leader who knows what he wants, a musician who knows ...read more
by Raul d'Gama Rose
The nature of successful interlocking is that the pieces fit each other with seamless perfection. In a group of disparate musicians this is not always possible. However, with the ensemble that saxophonist Dave Wilson has put together the pieces seem to fit with enviable perfection. There is a swirling energy that keeps the unit cohesive; but, more than that, it appears as if saxophonist, pianist Phil Markowitz, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Adam Nussbaum were cut from the same cloth. ...read more
by Dan Bilawsky
Saxophonist Dave Wilson's Spiral isn't directed at one specific jazz-listening demographic. High-brow originals ("Spiral") line up next to new arrangements of neglected jazz works (Richie Beirach's Elm"), while rock-based performances (Creed's My Own Prison") reside near gentler soprano saxophone statements ("Summer Breezes"). Fortunately, disparate stylistic directions don't derail the overall sound or focus of this project and the quartet manages to maintain a unified sound throughout. Spiral" and Elm," which start off the album, threaten to scare ...read more
by AAJ Staff
Meet Dave Wilson: Dave Wilson was born and raised in Bronxville, NY. 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 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 ...read more
by Karl Ackermann
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 ...read more
by Michael P. Gladstone
Dave Wilson's debut album, Through The Time (2002), presented him as a post-Coltrane soprano and tenor saxophonist with a penchant for melody. On My Time, recorded with a Pennsylvania group, he retains bassisst Steve Meashey, adding pianist Matt Hockmiller and drummer Tony Deangelis.
Wilson opens the album with an unusual choice, Alec Wilder's Moon and Sand," which he plays as a ballad on both soprano and tenor sax. The remaining ten selections include five originals, plus Just Friends," ...read more
by Eric J. Iannelli
Through the Time is multi-instrumentalist Dave Wilson's first full-length recording. Although the ensemble bears his name, this is very much a collaborative effort--indeed, one reason why the songs all exceed eight minutes (the album itself is a hefty 72 minutes) is because each musician is given equal time and ample solo opportunities.
Wilson makes no secret of his debt to Coltrane, particularly evident when he takes up soprano sax, but he stays well away from any of Trane's radical departures. ...read more