Phil Wilson

New York Axis: Phil Wilson & Vic Dickenson

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Phil Wilson's long-out-of-print LP from the now-obsolete Famous Door label is particularly unique for matching him with fellow trombonist Vic Dickenson, one of his idols. With swinging backing by pianist John Bunch, bassist Linc Milliman and drummer Butch Miles, the two slide specialists (who are easy to tell apart) romp through two of Wilson's originals and six appealing standards, including "Dancing on the Ceiling," "Jive at Five" and "Broadway." Wilson and Dickenson are both competitive and complementary during this excellent straight-ahead set, inspiring each other to play at their best.