“She Stands in a Room” teases what’s to come, with Wilson’s vocals outlining the melody charmingly. When she springs her vocals sensitively on tracks like “Melancholy for Place” and “From the River” later on, we remember the second track.
Where Trapeze Project really takes a turn, though, is with the incredible rendition of “Love Will Tear Us Apart.” The Joy Division cover is delivered with solemn grace and Wilson proves she is one hell of a vocalist. It is a stripped-down piece that benefits greatly from the work of Harris’ bass. His rich playing underlines the magnificence in Wilson’s voice in ways that almost draw tears.
Wilson’s Trapeze Project is a strikingly diverse record that bravely wanders into spaces that most jazz recordings leave alone. Genre trappings be damned, this is what music is all about. It’s encouraging, delightfully encouraging, to come across an artist assuredly exploring and cheerfully traipsing over the boundaries.