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Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family - Beginning Of A Memory (2016)

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Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family - Beginning Of A Memory (2016)
Artist: Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family
Title Of Album: Beginning Of A Memory
Year Of Release: 2016
Label (Catalog#): Palmetto Records
Country: USA
Genre: Jazz / Modern Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 63:01
Full Size: 373 MB

It's easy to imagine the phone calls, drummer Matt Wilson made, using his best imitation of Elwood from the 1980 Blues Brothers movie, "We're putting the band back together, we're on a mission from God." And like that, current members and alumni of the drummer's bands: the Matt Wilson Quartet, Arts & Crafts, and Christmas Tree-O assembled to commune and revisit the music Wilson's late wife Felicia loved.
This recording was Wilson's first since he lost his wife to leukemia in 2014. It certainly was fitting to perform the compositions she loved, and by the performers Felicia considered her extended family. Instead of a wake, the music is a celebration. One crafted in the true Wilson fashion, without written arrangements or rehearsals.
The relaxed groove pervades the session. In "Feel The Sway," you really feel the oscillations of his two-bassists' Yosuke Inoue and Chris Lightcap trio piece and Terell Stafford's growling "Lester" tribute to Lester Bowie with cornet star Kirk Knuffke. Felicia certainly had great taste, as this session acts also like a Matt Wilson greatest hits record. He presents an intimate picture with pieces like "Flowers For Felicia" and the title track. But also there's the wackiness of "Go Team Go!/Endless Love," with a rah-rah cheering section that morphs into Lionel Ritchie's saccharine pop tune and "Schoolboy Thug," a piece Wilson has been known to don a mullet wig for his drum solo, while saxophonist Andrew D'Angelo writhes on the ground.
The music is crazy fun, but also gratifyingly sentimental. Larry Goldings solo prepared piano rendition of "How Ya Doin'" tugs at the tear ducts, as does "Getting Friendly," with Knuffke, D'Angelo, and Jeff Lederer proffering whispered notes over Wilson's time keeping pulse. The disc ends with his most beautiful piece, "July Hymn," written originally as a homage to Don Cherry, but from now on it should be expanded to include Felicia Lynn Wilson.


01 Score 00:37
02 Lester 05:50
03 Searchlight 04:30
04 Beginning Of A Memory 03:29
05 Request Potato 03:48
06 How Ya Goin'? 02:33
07 Father Of The Year 00:56
08 Getting Friendly 05:24
09 Andrew's Ditty 03:37
10 Flowers For Felicia (Orchids-Wildwood Flower) 06:25
11 No Outerwear 06:55
12 Potato Radio 00:26
13 Go Team Go!-Endless Love 04:19
14 25 Years Of Rootabagas 03:59
15 Feel The Sway 02:54
16 Schoolboy Thug 04:21
17 July Hymn 02:58

Terell Stafford: trumpet
Kirk Knuffke: cornet
Jeff Lederer: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone, clarinet
Joel Frahm: tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone
Andrew D’Angelo: alto saxophone, bass clarinet
Gary Versace: piano, organ, accordion
Larry Goldings: piano
Martin Wind: acoustic bass
Paul Sikivie: acoustic bass
Yosuke Inoue: acoustic bass
Chris Lightcap: acoustic bass, electric bass
Matt Balitsaris: acoustic guitar, dobro
Matt Wilson: drums

Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family - Beginning Of A Memory (2016)

Matt Wilson's Big Happy Family - Beginning Of A Memory (2016)

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