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Corbett Vs. Dempsey

WILSON, PHILLIP - Esoteric

2016 release. "The first ever reissue of Phillip Wilsons Esoteric, originally released on Hat Hut Records in 1979. In November 1977 and May 1978, months before drummer Phillip Wilson recorded his great LP Duet with trumpeter Lester Bowie for the Improvising Artists Inc. label (1978), Wilson hit the studio for Esoteric, a recording of solos and duets with cornetist Olu Dara. Wilson (1941-1992) was one of the key percussionists in creative music, the Art Ensemble of Chicagos early trapsman, one third of the fusion band Full Moon, and an all-around fountain of invention and sensitivity. In addition to his work in the jazz and improvised music realms, he was a member of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and did session work for Stax Records in the 70s. The little known LP Esoteric, which was issued on Hat Hut Records as their twelfth release, finds Wilson in an extremely intimate mode, sometimes exploring the sonority of his kit, sometimes extrapolating on a beat, and on several tracks working with his comrade Olu Dara, one of the great figures of the loft era and a wonderfully polymath musician. Together they conjure more than an avant-garde drum and bugle corps, Wilsons decisive touch and Daras exploratory voice stretching all the way out on three dedications to Mr. Bowie. A rare taste of what the masterful Wilson does in the drivers seat, Esoteric has been remastered from the original tapes and features Klaus Baumgärtners original cover design. Personnel: Phillip Wilson - percussion; Olu Dara - trumpet, horn (serpent). Recorded in Paris by Jef Gilson, from 1977-1978. Photo by Thierry Trombert. Production coordination by Craig Johnson of CjR Productions; Remastered by Alex Inglizian at Experimental Sound Studio, 2015; CD reissue produced by John Corbett." - Corbett Vs. Dempsey.

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