WILSONIAN’S GRAIN, featuring Orrin Evans (P), Ugonna Okegwo (B), Bill Stewart (D) is Steve’s most dynamic and cutting-edge ensemble. The repertoire showcases Wilson’s originals and arrangements, as well as compositions from the band.
Simply put, Steve has put together one of the most potent quartets on the planet. What we have in Wilsonian’s Grain is something akin to a power-packed, compact foursome comprised of musicians’ musicians. The group’s new recording, recorded live at the Village Vanguard, documents how any one of these four could play captain on any stage, however, they understand communication is paramount – and they know how to deliver the goods. “The Grain” runs under Wilson’s leadership, but if you want to get a real sense of what the worked ‘ensemble’ means – and actually see it in action – then you don’t want to miss this foursome!
Their debut CD was released on March 24, 2015 on Random Act Records. The CD, entitled Live In New York: The Vanguard Sessions, was recorded on May 24 & 25, 2014 at the famed Village Vanguard in NYC. In addition to being Wilson’s first headlining release since 2003’s ‘Soulful Song’, the upcoming album marks a number of other ‘firsts’: Wilson’s first time doing a live recording as a leader, first time recording at the historic Village Vanguard, and first time/debut recording with his ‘go-to-band’, Wilsonian’s Grain. The project was also partially financed thanks to the support of 214 contributors to Wilson’s first-ever Kickstarter campaign.
“Wilsonian’s Grain, a post-bop quartet that channeled the saxophonist’s best qualities — selflessness, a fresh and well-made take on the tradition, and the ability to reference a broad spectrum of strategies and styles without falling prey to pastiche or sacrificing an original voice. “ Detroit Free Press
“renowned for soulful performance on a bed of flowing, flawless technique… he never overplays but still impresses with mature exuberance” The Daily News
“essential to this city’s jazz landscape” Wall Street Journal
“Steve Wilson combines economy and modernity” New York Times
Time Out NY
“…a musician of honesty within the vast field of mainstream post-bop, but never constrained by its parameter” NPR
“Seeing Steve Wilson’s name on a jazz bill is as close to a guarantee of quality as you’ll ever find”