Still waters run deep, Gary Windo's ran deeper than most!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
A prolific and highly respected saxophonist, Gary Windo had the rare ability to transcend improvisational music while sharing his prolific talent in a wide range of stylistic expressions.
Eeclectically quirky while a lyrical beast, Windo's passion does run deep on the aptly titled Deep Water.
This is one of the rare Gary Windo recordings where there is a set line up for what many would expect to be a continuity of sound. The every eccentric and wildly imaginative Windo manages to take a fixed lineup and still conduct that always elusive harmonic exploratory rich with emotion and texture but always just a tad bit left of center. This is lyrical passion on a plate, expect the unexpected. From deeply personal compositions written for his wife to the Albert Ayler composition "Ghosts" there is little doubt that Windo may well be one of the first post modern improvisational rebels. Windo's vocals are every bit as off beat as his lyrical mindset and for that very reason that work incredibly well. One of the unfortunate back stories is that Psychedelic Fur member Ann Sheldon who plays cello on Deep Water died in a traffic car accident shortly after this release was completed.
The re-release of three Gary Windo recording is a wonderful reminder of what true musical passion is all about. Long before social media and spotify there were true creative talents that simply lived to pursue a passion. Money was no object. Deep Water is the conceptual sound of New York and of Gary Windo.
Tracks: Deep Water; Blonde Country; Clean Machine; Don't Bite Too Hard; Ginkie; Subway Love; Ghosts; Breakfast In Bed; Sister Europe.
Personnel: Gary Windo: Saxophones, Vocals, Bass Clarinet; Knox Chandler: Guitars; Jack Robinson: Bass Guitar; Steve Moses: Drums / T Bone on Ghosts; Ann Sheldon: Cello