Matt Wilson

As Wave Follows Wave

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Drummer Matt Wilson teams up with three rather distinctive voices (tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, bassist Cecil McBee, and, on three numbers, organist Larry Goldings) for a very interesting set of music that combines together folk melodies, avant-garde improvising, and a surprising amount of lyricism. As well as Wilson and McBee play, Redman is the runaway star. Whether stretching out on "Body and Soul" and "I Remember Lona" (the latter is based on "I Remember You") or giving a great deal of feeling to the traditional "Sweet Betsy From Pike" and a tribute to Don Cherry, the underrated tenor is heard in top form. The leader's three short, unaccompanied features; Golding's welcome appearances (pity that he is not on the whole record); and a piece featuring the musicians' voices add to the date's variety. This consistently surprising session is a gem that serves as a perfect introduction to the playing of Dewey Redman and the inventiveness of Matt Wilson.

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