Glenn Wilson Timely is old school on steroids for the next generation. Swing hard or go home!
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
Wilson hooks up with trumpet player John D'earth as the front line of a band banging out a modern swing. Sure, there are some old school references but Timely includes some stellar originals such as John D'Earth's " Timely" and "Inner Life" while the harmonic glue holding this release together are tunes from Pepper Adams and Wayne Shorter. A release that would appear to have been put together with precision and flair, one foot in the past but both eyes on the future.
As a live record, the improvisational makeup is simply killing it. A fresh approach and evolving presentation that makes this working band a cut above similar contemporaries. This release is spontaneous, organic yet forward thinking. The rhythm section are as good as any you will hear. The tunes are eclectic yet accessible and allowed to develop their own organic heartbeat. Wilson's tone on baritone might be reminiscent of Pepper Adams to some but his phrasing and lyrical flow are strictly his own.
A rare recording where the entire band happens to be singing from the same page of the harmonic hymnal. Don't let this one pass you by, you will dig it...
Tracks: Timely; To Wisdom The Prize; Inner Life; Dylan's Delight; Fat Beat; Sightseeing; Nothing Like You Have Ever Seen Before; Diabolique II
Personnel: Glenn Wilson: Baritone Saxophone; John D'Earth: Trumpet / Flugelhorn; John Tooney: Piano; Jimmy Masters: Bass; Tony Martucci: Drums.