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." On 'Horse's
Dream', his first solo-based guitar recording, Tony Wilson taps into the
history of jazz and blues with his compositions. They shift from Leadbellys
moaning style to Metheny-like combustion. The other side of the album
includes incomparable improvisation's that seem to be heading for an unknown
target in an unknown land, a la John Fahey or Marc Ribot. Although Horse's
Dream is solo-guitar based, it includes appearances by the odd fiddle,
fireplace, spoon and kora. This unique album was recorded in a cabin at
the Shire on Hornby Island.
Tony Wilson has studied with many acclaimed jazz musicians
including Oliver Gannon, Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks
and Steve Coleman. Tony won a West Coast Music Award with his band Video
Barbeque and released the critically acclaimed Lowest Note
in 2001, which went on to become a pick of the year in the Globe and Mail.
Tonys current sextet, which includes 5 young Vancouver improvisors,
is turning heads after recent successful appearances at this years
Guelph and Vancouver Jazz Festivals. Tonys compositions have been
played by artists as diverse as the NOW Orchestra, The Hard Rubber Orchestra,
Myra Melford, Kokoro Dance, Marilyn Crispell, François Houle and
Zubot & Dawson. Tony has shared the stage with well know international
artists such as Vinny Golia, William Parker, Wilbert de Joode, Gerry Hemingway,
Han Bennink, Marilyn Lerner, Toby Delius, Benoit Delbecq & Eric Boeren
in the US and Europe.
outside jazz guitar with an amazing rendition of Coltranes Venus/Offering.
- Montreal Mirror
Dream is the equivalent of a good graphic novel: vivid, absurdist, sharply
and economically delineated, and at heart, profoundly melancholy.
impressive, far reaching album. - Edmonton Journal
unique and provocative album - youve definitely never heard anything
like it. - The Gazette (UWO)
that range from space-age psychedelia to rustic repose. -
The Vancouver Courier
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