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Steve Wilson at the Jazz Bakery

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Sunday night in LA. The crowd has thinned out from the great turnout on Friday and Saturday night here at the Jazz Bakery to see Steve Wilson and his Quartet. This is one of the only times that I have seen this great horn player here on the scene in Los Angeles. My first encounter with Steve was in NYC at a place called Sweet Basil. Tonight, he had some of LA’s finest playing right by his side. Mr. Alan Pasqua on Piano, my man Marvin “Smitty” Smith on Drums and Bass player Ed Howard, (not from LA but, outstanding none the less).

Steve did a few tunes from his latest disc on the Maxjazz label called, ”Soulful Song”. The disc features some soulful singers singing some of these soulful songs as well. Rene Marie, Carla Cook and Phillip Manuel, all great singer and all with albums on the Maxjazz label. The new disc features a number of todays great players like Bruce Barth, Billy Kilson, Paul Bollenback and more.

“You’re Everything” is a tune that I believe was written by Chick Corea and done so wonderfully on Flute. From Flute to Alto to Soprano, Steve Wilson displays his fine talents as a leader as he has done on numerous discs before. With his outstanding reputation as one of today’s in demand horn players and the caliber of the Maxjazz record label, you will certainly be hearing much more from Steve Wilson. Old friend and outstanding Violinist Karen Briggs dropped by to check out her old friend Steve do his thing!

Maxjazz is run by a cat named Richard, who has one of the best smiles in the business. It is a label whose taste in musicians is paralleled with its fine taste presentation. Check out Maxjazz and make sure to pick up “Soulful Song” as well!

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