Review: David Wise – Till They Lay Me Down

David Wise – TILL THEY LAY ME DOWN:  David’s mighty mellow tenor & baritone sax work is thoroughly complimented by his regular players on his debut solo CD; Bruce Forman-guitar, Alex Frank-bass, Jake Reed-drums… along with a whole host of special guests playing Jason Joseph, vocals (track 1); Laura Mace, vocals (track 1); Josh Smith, guitar solo (track 1); Mitchell Cooper, trumpet (tracks 1, 9); Glenn Morrissette, alto sax (track 1); R.W. Enoch, tenor sax (track 1); Amy K. Bormet, keyboard (track 1); Mikala Schmitz, cello (tracks 2, 8); David Wise, vocals (track 8, 9)… though the “label” affixed to the promo sheet is “jazz”, there’s no way it can be so simplified… to my way of thinking, this is some of the most soulful music I’ve heard (yet) in 2017!  Just listen to the splendid opener, “What More Could One Man Want?“, and you’ll hear what I’m talkin’ ’bout… (man, Josh Smith’s guitar solo on this one just SCREAMS soul).

The title track, David’s original, “Till They Lay Me Down“, is probably the most laid-back sax work I’ve heard in a great long time (in fact, most of these tunes are originals by David).  It’s easy to be impressed by David’s clear tones on the sax, and (like I said), you’ll be mellowing out for the entire 8:03!  Of the nine songs offered up for your listening pleasure, I voted easily for “Home“, as my personal favorite.  If you’re looking for some ultra-cool & high-talent music to groove out to, this is MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED by my ears, and gets an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.97.  Get more information about him and his great music at David’s website.           Rotcod Zzaj


Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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