Steve Wilson

Soulful Song


Steve Wilson, alto and soprano saxophone, flute; Carla Cook, vocals; Bruce Barth, piano and fender Rhodes; Phillip Manuel, vocals; Ed Howard, bass; Renee Marie, vocals; Adam Cruz, drums and percussion; Paul Bollenback, acoustic and electric guitar; Billy Kilson, drums; James Genus, electric bass; Wilson "Chembo" Corniel, percussion

Steve Wilson puts together a mostly soulful, silky selection backed by a good mix of splendid musicians. Wilson, playing soprano and alto sax as well as flute, weaves his way with skill among the supporting artists; he presents the playing of his instruments cleanly and clearly. Though the vocalists are strong and expressive, their material is not that exciting. Wilson, playing the soprano sax combines well with Carla Cook in "Wishful Thinking", and the same with Renee Marie in "Caged Bird". In "Tortola" he switches to a light, wistful flute, admirably backed by the ever present Bruce Barth on Fender Rhodes. "Third World Revolution" cuts a little into the upbeat with some fine rhythmic interest in this lively number sung by Phillip Manuel. Steve Wilson is a fine, intelligent musician who has a great deal going for him; though some of this set is a little patchy, he is always worth listening to.

by Ferdinand Maylin

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