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Plucked from Tip City Dan Wilson is a blistering boost for Brother Mister

What's the sound of satisfaction? Look at who's breezed in for a clue. 'Who Shot John' is a strong candidate. From Vessels of Wood and Earth by guitarist Dan Wilson produced by Christian McBride for the Philadelphian jazz icon's own Brother Mister …

Published: 25 Mar 2021. Updated: 28 days.

What's the sound of satisfaction? Look at who's breezed in for a clue. 'Who Shot John' is a strong candidate. From Vessels of Wood and Earth by guitarist Dan Wilson produced by Christian McBride for the Philadelphian jazz icon's own Brother Mister label. Album personnel include a range of leaders in their own right as you'll find pianist Christian Sands, bassist Marco Panascia, “Tain” Watts on drums and guest singer Joy Brown playing a part. Christian says of Wilson: ''He has an enviable technique that comes so seemingly easy to him and his pocket is very deep.'' Wilson has even toured in McBride's own Tip City trio, an accolade in itself.

Hailing from Akron, Ohio, Wilson's records to date include To Whom It May Concern and Balancing Act. Think George Benson a bit for partial emanation in terms of sheer calibre in Wilson's approach and there are delicious Burrellian flavours too all ready among more to discern. Vessels of Wood and Earth is to be released on 23 April

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Modern unveil details of upcoming Freedom Over Everything by Vince Mendoza

A title and a release date are now confirmed by Modern/BMG for their upcoming album from composer and arranger Vince Mendoza. The title firstly is confirmed as Freedom Over Everything. An orchestral and jazz project, the Czech National Symphony …

Published: 25 Mar 2021. Updated: 28 days.

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A title and a release date are now confirmed by Modern/BMG for their upcoming album from composer and arranger Vince Mendoza. The title firstly is confirmed as Freedom Over Everything. An orchestral and jazz project, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Black Thought from The Roots, bass guitarist Derrick Hodge (best known for his work with Robert Glasper), Joshua Redman, the soprano Julia Bullock, Jan Hasenöhrl (trumpeter and founder of the CNSO) and the Methenyian Birdman composer drummer Antonio Sánchez are on the record. Release date, secondly, is 2 July.

“I am keen'' Mendoza says via Modern ''to make use of the orchestra to tell my story, but I always seek to retain my jazz sensibilities, especially with rhythm and colors. On the other hand, an improvisor’s commentary on a written part can give a most immediate human spirit to an idea.” Vince Mendoza, top Photo: Modern