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Dan Wilensky: Good Music

Read "Good Music" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

“There are only two kinds of music. Good Music and the other kind."

So said Duke Ellington, and probably a whole bunch of other people. Good Music is saxophonist Dan Wilensky's examination of music for music's sake, his unpretentious “serving the music" recording. Seven of the eleven tunes are chordless trio affairs, bringing--as a ...

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Dan Wilensky

Dan Wilensky was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and moved to Berkeley the following year. Music was in the air at the Wilensky house: every family member played at least one instrument, and family jam sessions were frequent. He began piano lessons at age 8 and saxophone the following year after hearing the {{m: Duke Ellington = 6521}} Orchestra perform at Berkeley High School on a field trip. Dan flourished in the rich school music program created by Herb Wong, Dick Whittington, and Phil Hardymon, and also studied with BHS grad Steve Elson, and his teacher, Hal Stein. As a teenager, he street played, performed with schoolmates {{m: Benny Green = 7196}}, {{m: Craig Handy = 7385}} and {{m: Steve Bernstein = 23487}}, gigged with local bands, attended jazz clinics, won top honors in various competitions, performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival three times, and was a guest soloist with the Woody Herman Orchestra

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Dan Wilensky: Made In Portland

Read "Made In Portland" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Relocating is never easy, but it would seem that multi-reedist Dan Wilensky has acclimated quite well to the musical climate of Portland, Oregon since arriving there in 2012. The latest release from this man-of-many-talents puts him in close quarters with a collection of that city's finest musicians, a crew that's ready and eager to tackle Wilensky's ...

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Dan Wilensky: Made In Portland

Read "Made In Portland" reviewed by Edward Blanco

A Hollywood/TV industry musician who has performed on, or arranged for such programs as, The Today Show, David Letterman, The Tonight Show and several others, Portland-based composer and saxophonist Dan Wilensky is currently performing and teaching in Portland, from where he records his fifth album as leader on Made In Portland, offering eight fresh new originals ...

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Dan Wilensky: Back In The Mix

Read "Back In The Mix" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Thirteen years separated the release of tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky's first two albums-- And Then Some (Speechless, 1997) and If You Only Knew (Speechless, 2010)--but the saxophonist wasn't sitting around idly during that stretch of time. Wilensky's work as a session player, touring musician, author, and educator kept him beyond busy, yet his own music suffered ...

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New Dan Wilensky Quartet Record: "Back In The Mix"

New Dan Wilensky Quartet Record: "Back In The Mix"

Dan Wilensky's Back In The Mix features Mark Soskin (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Tony Moreno (drums), and special guest Russ Johnson (trumpet) in a musical tour de force. Wilensky's 4th recording as a leader includes new arrangements of Cole Porter's “Falling In Love With Love," Gross and Lawrence's “Tenderly," “Lament" by the great J.J. Johnson, and six ...

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Dan Wilensky: Group Therapy

Read "Group Therapy" reviewed by Charles Walker

Tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky possesses a warm, accessible tone on his instrument, and at first glance Group Therapy seems tailor-made to feature this broad, bluesy sound on ten straightforward compositions. However, less than two minutes into “Reckless Tongue," the album opener, the syrupy head breaks down into a standstill of rests and whole notes before sliding ...

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Dan Wilensky: Group Therapy

Read "Group Therapy" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Group therapy involves a collection of individuals coming together to work things out and sort through their thoughts in the same room. The same can be said for saxophonist Dan Wilensky's Group Therapy. Wilensky's wide-ranging career has involved everything from street playing and studio sessions to Broadway and a stint in Ray Charles' band. All of ...

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Dan Wilensky releases "Group Therapy"

Dan Wilensky releases "Group Therapy"

Dan Wilensky's new CD, Group Therapy, features saxophonist Dan Wilensky, guitarist David Phelps, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Tony Moreno. It was recorded March 21, 2011 at Charlestown Road Studios in Hampton, New Jersey by Paul Wickcliffe. The CD includes 8 original compositions, a new take on Charlie Chaplin's “Smile," and a reconstruction of the pop ...

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Dan Wilensky: To Whom Much is Given...

Read "Dan Wilensky: To Whom Much is Given..." reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Tenor saxophonist Dan Wilensky is a Renaissance Man and an educator, both facets of his character evidenced in his musicians' guide, Musician!, and the album If You Only Knew. What Wilensky provides over these two offerings is a masterclass in tasteful and well-behaved musicianship in the real world. No booze- swilling or reefer madness here, only ...