“The crackling intensity of One Night at Chris’ is a testament to what can happen on the bandstand on any given night. And this was a particularly good night indeed.”
Bill Milkowski is a longtime contributor to Downbeat and author of “JACO:
The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius” (Backbeat Books)
One Night at Chris’ is the fifth release of The Dave Wilson Quartet, recorded live at the famous Chris’ Jazz Cafe’in Philadelphia, PA in March of 2018. The disc contains 10 tracks, four originals by Wilson and six re-arrangements by of pop rock favorites including The Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil”, The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood,” Creed’s “My Own Prison,” Ambrosia’s 1980 hit single, “Biggest Part of Me,” and The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows.” Bill Milkowski states in the liner notes of the CD, “savvy adaptations of familiar pop tunes, filtered through a distinctly jazzy prism.”
The recording is a document of one evening of music recorded live, no overdubs, no second takes and with all of the nuances, surprises and magic known as Jazz. Read More...
One Night At Chris' EPK This promotional video features live footage shot during the recording of the saxophonist’s latest CD, One Night At Chris’, recorded live at Chris’ Jazz Cafe’ in Philadelphia, PA in March of 2018. Read More...
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"With his fourth album, Dave Wilson, on tenor and soprano saxophones, puts a strong foot forward, backed by a tight and raring-to-go rhythm section of young pianist Bobby Avey, bassist Tony Marino and drummer Alex Ritz. From the tricky, pulsing energy of the opening “The Time Has Come,” on which the saxophonist brandishes his big tone and easily tumbling facility, to the simple folk theme of “On The Prairie,” There Was Never makes a varied and mostly powerful impact."
3 stars in DownBeat Magazine, Feb 2016
"Between Wilson’s depthful playing on tenor and soprano saxophones, Avey’s rhythmically charged comping and expansive soloing on piano and the consummate rhythm tandem hookup between bassist Marino and drummer Ritz, there is a great deal of magic indeed happening throughout There Was Never."
Bill Milkowski Contributor to Down Beat and Jazziz. He is also the author of “JACO: The Extraordinary and Tragic Life of Jaco Pastorius” and co-author of “Here And Now: The Autobiography of Pat Martino”
Recognized for his exciting improvisations, creative compositions and unique arrangements, Wilson leads his own quartet whose recordings span jazz classics to pop tunes. His music, encompassing four critically reviewed recordings, has made the charts on over 50 stations nationwide. His current CD There Was Never is his fourth solo release and hit the top 50 of the Jazz Weekly National countdown reaching #36, #18, #25 these first three weeks in January, 2016! It received at great review in the February issue of Downbeat Magazine.
Dave keeps an active performance schedule and has appeared at such venues as Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, The Garage In NYC, The Berk’s Jazz Fest, Harrisburg’s American Music Festival, Bethlehem Musikfest, Artscape in Baltimore, the Herndon (Va) Festival, and Manassass (Va) Jazz Festival, among others.
Since 1994, Dave has owned and operated Dave Wilson Music Instruments, a leader on the East coast in sale and purchase of quality used woodwind and brass musical instruments, Student and Professional, Vintage and Contemporary.