After serving as a sideman with James Williams, Chick Corea and a host of others, Wilson makes the most of his debut as a leader. Assembling a supporting cast of top-notch veterans, including pianist Mulgrew Miller, bassist Ray Drummond and drummer Ben Riley, Wilson is a joy to listen to on any of his axes. Five of the nine songs are Wilson originals, with the leader's mesmerizing soprano sax on "A Joyful Noise," his spirited flute on the lovely "Trapaceria," and strong alto sax on his intense "Sisko" all meriting strong praise. Also worth mentioning is the exotic take of Billy Strayhorn's "Chelsea Bridge," which is quite a change from the usually slower dramatic arrangements in which Duke Ellington featured his soloists.
A boundlessly delighted and delightful outsider's discovery of a distinctly sensual brand of folk music … grace and plenty of energy.
This is a double CD collection of studio recordings from 1962 to Luke’s untimely death in 1984, covering the original releases of the songs that became synonymous with Luke. In addition the collection will include the rare recording of Ray Davies song ‘Thank You For The Days’.