REVIEW: Dave Wilson Quartet’s “Spiral”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Maybe the reason why they called this album Spiral (Summit) is because these gentlemen stir up a whirlwind of sound. At least that’s what I felt when Dave Wilson (saxophones), Adam Nussbaum (drums), Tony Marino (bass), and Phil Markowitz (piano) play the kind of mindblowing jazz that brings to mind the chaos and beauty of Sonny Rollins, John Coltrane, and to some degree Cannonball Adderley. Wven when Wilson applies his own arrangements to Ambrosia‘s “(You’re The) Biggest Part Of Me” and The Grateful Dead‘s “Friend Of The Devil”, it sounds as if these were the originals, and that they were covered all those years ago. I like Wilson’s way of playing, at times as gentle as Ben Webster while other times it’s as if he wants to bite the reed until his eyes fall out. Well, maybe not that extreme but it can lead that way. What I like about hearing Spiral is the idea that things may lead somewhere else, but don’t, and this is good.

It’s a nice and pleasant listen, but far from boring. Spiral is an album that will hold up through time, as long as people are willing to listen.

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