Steve Wilson and Wilsonian Grain‘s new CD, Live in New York: The Vanguard Sessions, was named one of Jazziz’ Critics’ Choice CD for 2015:
It has been 12 years since the release of Steve Wilson’s last CD as a leader, and the powerhouse saxophonist arrived at the Village Vanguard ready to tear it up. Ignited by a first-rate rhythm section (Orrin Evans, Ugonna Okegwo and Bill Stewart), Wilson jabs, hooks and uppercuts his way through seven pieces, starting with Monk’s “Well You Needn’t” and concluding with a blazing interpretation of Joe Chambers’ “Patterns.” A couple slower numbers allow the listener to unwind, but the pervasive emotion that characterizes the entire album is pure exhilaration.
– Sascha Feinstein
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