debut release from the Tony Wilson 6Tet is the first
documentation of the ongoing musical investigations this group started
four years ago. Each composition explores various styles and sonic possibilities.
Melancholy melodies, collective noise improvisations, metre shifts and
African rhythms stand side by side and combine to give this ensemble a
very different and original sound. References might be to artists such
as Albert Ayler, Sonny Sharrock or Bill Frisell, but because of the individual
approaches of each player, this band will remind you of no one else. The
four cover tunes are Tony's homages to the artists who have influenced
him over the years. The original compositions range from intimate ballads
to ostinato driven collective improvisations and include a guest vocal
performance by folkster Kevin House.
Vancouver's Coastal Jazz and Blues hails him as "unquestionably one
of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene. Down
Beat Magazine entitles him as "...a talismanic West Coast figure."
Tony Wilson has studied with many acclaimed jazz musicians including Dave
Holland, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks and Steve Coleman and has shared
the stage with well know international artists such as William Parker,
Gerry Hemingway, Han Bennink, Toby Delius, Benoit Delbecq & Eric Boeren.
The personnel behind the 6tet is Tony Wilson (guitar,
kalimba, and loops), J.P. Carter (trumpet, cornet and
electronics), Masa Anzai (alto sax and electronics),
Russell Sholberg (double bass), Jesse Zubot
(violin) and Skye Brooks (drums and percussion). The
members of the Tony Wilson 6tet are a part of Vancouvers prolific
creative music scene and also perform with Fond of Tigers, the Veda Hille
Band, Bison, Great Aunt Ida, Dark Blue World, Kevin House, Zubot &
Dawson, Inhabitants and many others.
"...one the best discs I've heard from
last year (2007).." - Downtown Music Gallery
(Bruce Lee Gallanter)
"...the finest recording of Wilson's
career." - The Georgia Straight
"Pearls Before Swine rewards
repeated listening." - Exclaim!
"...the kind of fearless music-making
that spits in the face of too-polite conservatism and keeps the experimental
fire of iconoclasts like Ornette Coleman and Albert Ayler burning."
"...marked by some strong, spiky riffs
that show a range of influences, from grungy blues to the Mahavishnu Orchestra."
- Downbeat Magazine
"...you know right from the git-go
that this isn't music for folks who have to file everything in a neat
little category." - Signal To Noise
"A longtime fixture on the local
improv scene, guitarist Tony Wilson rips it like he wants to claim rock
turf on the searing leads in Freddie Stones Ee-gypt-me (Freddie
Stone) and the Beatles I Am the Walrus. Then he
wigs into ambient zones and more. Heavy." - The Province
Review: Paris Transatlantic Magazine
Review: The Georgia Straight
Review: All About Jazz (Italia)