Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Till They Lay Me Down

Magazine article IAJRC Journal

Till They Lay Me Down

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David Wise

Till They Lay Me Down

David's Wise Music (no # assigned)

David Wise (ts, bs, vcl-1) Mitchell Cooper (tp-2) Glenn Morrissette (as-3) R. W. Enoch (ts-4) Amy K. Bormet (keyboard-5) Mikala Schmitz (cello-6) Josh Smith (g-7) Bruce Forman (g) Alex Frank (b) Jake Reed (d) Jason Joseph (vcl-8) Laura Mace (vcl-9). Glendale, CA, ca. 2014

What More Could One Man Want? (2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9)/Sylvia (6)/Here's That Rainy Day/Home/Kol Nidre/Till They Lay Me Down/Lullaby/Life Is But A Song, Parts 1 & 2 (1, 6)/Life Is But A Song, Part 3 (1, 2). TT 43:53

Although it is not mentioned in the liner notes, this album by saxophonist David Wise, tenor and baritone, is so good because he's supported by the Bruce Foreman Trio - Guitarist Forman, bassist Alex Frank (b) and Drummer Jake Reed (d). Forman has led his own groups and played with a great number of other jazz artists for over thirty years, working the spectrum from swing to bop and back. Frank is first call bassist by many jazz groups despite the fact he's just in his twenties and Reed, based in LA, is valued for his ability to play drums in any jazz setting. There's no information on Wise, but this recording shows that he is an accomplished artist on both tenor and baritone Tsaxophones.

Wise can also write - all but two of the titles of this album are his - very listenable and well structured. Wise uses most of the guest artists on the first cut, What More Could One Man Want, which is an easy smooth Ballard with a nice fat sound. …

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