David Wilson

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The Crossing

Posted by on Oct 18, 2013

The Crossing

The Crossing” – ten tracks of David’s original compositions. “The Crossing” also demonstrates his unique playing approach to a wide range of styles.

 

David writes:
“The Crossing”
.. was first conceived during the dark early morning hours in the back streets of Hollywood, 1988. Along with a recorded background accompaniment which I created during that time, I first performed “The Crossing” at Il Cielo Restaurant in Beverly Hills where I entertained nightly. For this album, I played the 12 string guitar, as well as the subdued organ part. Benedikt Brydern created the orchestral strings. The drums and percussion are by M. B. Gordy.  Mixolydian scale lends to it an exotic, world beat flavor.

“Nightwatch” .. Written in the mid 1990’s, this dark melody with a Latin rhythm alludes to mysterious events unfolding in the depths of night. Guided by Benedikt’s uncanny musicianship
and audio engineering, I performed all the parts except the drums (M. B. Gordy) and guitar (Larry Giannecchini).

“Insomniac”
..is an exchange between two musical personalities – the muted flugelhorn and violin – each wrestling with their own interpretations of this dark little tune. Both eventually reach a bittersweet conclusion, before slipping into slumber. I played both the horn and violin on this one.

“Cat Walk”..This track portrays visions of a rambling, busted up old tom cat as he prowls the neighborhood’s back alleys, investigating their crannies and nooks which he knows so well. Under Benny’s watchful eyes and ears, I also improvised the organ solo on this track . Drums by Rick Latham.

“Bridge to Nowhere”.. The violin and muted flugelhorn take turns with the three verses. There is a cynical attitude in the rough hewn solos. Although, I hope to have also captured a reflective wistfulness in the song’s ambling gait.

“Lunada”
.. I wrote this originally for violin, but I kept hearing it my head on horn. So I decided to put the fiddle down and feature the flugelhorn throughout. Again, drummer Rick Latham provides the tight driving rhythm. Benedikt is responsible for the silky warm underscore in support of the solos.

“Gypsy Blue”.. Here a wistful violinist and his quartet create a sweetly melancholy mood in an imaginary smokey downtown jazz club.

“Home Before Dawn”.. is a swinging retro tune adapted from a ballad I wrote years ago (don’t ask).. I like to think that it has a touch of Henry Mancini’s clear melodic style to go along with the tune’s happy, buoyant pace.

“Corridors”
.. Here’s a loose, dreamy tune recorded in consort with the distant bells that ring an insistent evocation along with the reoccurring violin and Argentine bandoneon improvisations.

“Flight School”.. opens with a lonely horn anthem backed with string orchestra. Quietly, the keyboard steps in with a rhythmic ostinato, soon joined by drums (M. B. Gordy). Violin and flugelhorn then enter with an expansive melody. Eventually after solos, the two instruments join forces. As the energy smooths out, the original theme is recalled. In the final throes of Flight School, the violin and horn repeat their riffs, gliding off into a distant horizon.

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Nobody Does It Better

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Nobody Does It Better

With this album, producer Benedikt Brydern and David have taken on the unforgettable ballads of the 60’s and 70’s. These passionate songs of love and heartbreak  will have you dancing in the kitchen and loving the one you’re with.

 

 

 

 

David writes:

Song List

1  “Wanna Make It With You” – I have always loved this groovy little tune. Simply put, its got a great beat.
2  “Killing Me Softly” – Luis Villegas’s exciting flamenco guitar highlights the drama of this haunting melody. That’s me on flugelhorn. I will never forget Roberta Flack’s original version.
3  “Something (In The Way She Moves)” – George Harrison, the quiet Beatle, wrote and sang this dreamy favorite in 1970.
4  “Still” – No one could sing their aching heart out quite like Lionel Ritchie. I’ve tried to match his style with my violin.
5  “This Guy’s In Love” – As founder of A&M Records, Herb Albert was a true popular music innovator. He chose this Burt Bacharach/Hal David song to present himself as a vocalist.
6  “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart” – Originally this song was offered to Andy Williams(!). It eventually became the Bee Gee’s first number one hit on Billboard’s Top 100.
7  “For Once In My Life” – no song I know of  reflects the yearning of love as this one does.
8  “Let’s Stay Together” – A number one hit by Al green in 1972. In the 1980’s, Tina Turner covered it on her Private Dancer album.
9  “Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” – Christopher Cross recorded this for the 1980 film “Arthur” starring Dudley Moore and Lisa Minnelli.
10  “Nobody Does It Better” – Carole Bayer Sager and Marvin Hamlisch penned this song for the James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” in 1977. Carly Simon made it a classic. 
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Elegancia

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

Elegancia

“Elegancia” – This is a collection of music from South of the border. Three original composed songs of David Wilson and producer Benedikt Brydern are included in this album, merging with the spirited rumba rhythms, bossa novas, and Mexican ballads to send the listener on a musical journey into the heart of the Latin soul.

Song List

David writes:

Track  1 – “Besame Mucho” – we recorded this famous hot blooded Latin song to an insistent rhythm – I composed my own musical interludes for it.

Track  2 – “Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars”- in Portuguese titled “Concovado” – a subdued mellow bossa nova with romantic overtones.

Track  3 – “Desinfinado”- in my opinion, this tune “defines” bossa nova – made famous in the 60’s by saxophonist Stan Getz.

Track  4 – “Ventanas De Agosto”- Benedikt Brydern’s sprightly contribution to the genre of Latin smooth jazz. (that’s me by the way playing the organ)

Track  5 – “Black Orpheus”- this familiar Brazilian film theme is a favorite of nearly every musician – a riot to play.

Track  6 – “The Shadow Of Your Smile”- a film score (“The Sandpiper”) classic – an unforgettable melody to a mellow bossa beat.

Track  7 – “Girl from Ipanema”- Antonio Carlos Jobim’s most famous song. Even our youngest generation knows this tune.

Track  8 – “Coco Beach”- an excellent track to play when you arrive at the beach and you’re looking for a perfect spot to spread your beach towel.

Track  9 – “My Little Boat”- this brilliant little tune is filled with excitement and energy. Great fun!

Track  10 – “Vivianita”- I  hope this song conjures up romantic visions of a balmy night at a quaint desert hacienda.

Track  11 – “Meditation”- a groovy’, mellow, easy going’ bossa – another classic of Antonio Carlos Jobim.

Track  12 – “Spanish Eyes”- my rendition of a famous pop song from the 1950’s – written by the great German band leader Burt Kampfert.

Track  13 – “Blue Bossa”- a rollicking samba wraps up our journey into the heart of the Latin soul.
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There’s A Small Hotel

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

There’s A Small Hotel

“There’s a Small Hotel” – A careful selection of timeless romantic songs recorded with style, simplicity and grace. This album, David’s first, reflects his reputation as Hollywood’s “violinist to the stars”.

 

 

 

 

Song List

David writes:
1 – “I’m in the Mood for Love” – a beckoning call to romance,  sugar sweet.
2 – “Isn’t It Romantic” – my tribute to Fred Astaire.
3 – “La Vie En Rose” – perhaps the greatest Parisian song ever.
4  “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – this is how Elvis might have sounded if he played the violin.
5 – “Don’t Blame Me” – “blame all your charms that melt in my arms…”
6 – “My Funny Valentine” – probably the most beloved love song of all.
7 – “O Sole Mio” – no song I know of expresses longing as this one does.
8 – “Endless Love” – inspired by the Diane Ross/Lionel Richie’s  contribution to contemporary pop.
9 – “Moon River” – Henry Mancini’s chef-d’oeuvre.  Sweet,  sad, beautiful.
10 – “Swan Lake” – the timeless theme from the ballet given a light samba beat.
11 – “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” – a haunting, reverent and powerful song.
12 – “Embraceable You” – they don’t write ’em like this any more.
13 – “Under Paris Skies” – what song expresses the wonder of Paris more than this one ?
14 – “There’s a Small Hotel” – You want romance? Play this track.
15 – “Return to Sorrento” – dark, debonaire and oh, so Italiano!
16 – “Romance in F” – a classy little piece by the pianist and composer Anton Rubenstein.
17 – “Starting Over” – after all these great songs, you just may want to start over.
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The Romance Of Paris

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

The Romance Of Paris

“The Romance of Paris” – With this collection David captures the essence of the international icon of romance – Paris – Here is an album of tender, luxurious performances to enjoy while dining by candlelight, taking a moonlit stroll, or just curling up in your favorite chair.

 

 

 

 

Song List

David writes:
Track  1 – “Falling in Love with Love” – a gliding, lilting waltz – one of Rogers and Hammerstein’s best.
Track  2 – “I Wish You Love” – written during the WWII occupation of Paris -a warm, wistful listening experience.
Track  3 – “Autumn Leaves” – an unforgettable melody, inspiring memories for all.
Track  4 – “I Love Paris” – a little Cole Porter ditty which will live forever.
Track  5 – “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” – to me, the “coziest” song ever written.
Track  6 – “Somewhere in Time” – I had an opportunity to play this for Jane Seymour, star of the film. She bought a copy for herself.
Track  7 – “Teach Me Tonight” – a wonderfully seductive song from the “Hit Parade” years.
Track  8 – “La Valse Parisienne” – Our co-written tribute in the genre of a joyful French waltz.
Track  9 – “Come Prima” – a continental favorite, brimming with Italian soul.
Track  10 – “Night and Day” – probably Cole Porter’s most recorded song – popular with everyone.
Track  11 – “Lara’s Theme” (from Dr. Zhivago) – one of the most beloved film theme’s of all time.
Track  12 – “Someone To Watch Over Me” – the Gershwin brothers got it totally right on this one.
Track  13 – “Lily Marlene” – I don’t know exactly why, but this song breaks my heart every time.
Track  14 – “You Are Too Beautiful” – a beautiful, flowing melody – no need for lyrics.
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The Romance Of Christmas

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013

The Romance Of Christmas

“The Romance Of Christmas” – For the holidays I hope my listeners will enjoy this gentle and pleasant mix of carols, hymns, and American popular holiday standards. As tender as a snow falling on a crystal clear December night, this collection should provide solace and romance.

 

 

 

 

 

Song List

Track  1 – “Winter Wonderland” – this well loved song sets the holiday mood perfectly as an opener – a happy, swingin’ romp into the magical mystery of the season.
Track  2 – “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – ever since the war years, this song has simultaneously warmed, and broken, many a heart.
Track  3 – Song medley “Angels We Have Heard On High” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” – Song medley – two traditional carols – “Angels We Have Heard On High” is my personal favorite sing-a-long – while “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” conjures up a musical vision of merry old England.
Track  4 – “The Christmas Song” – Mel Torme’s beautifully sentimental modern classic – most of us know it as the “Chestnuts Roasting Song”.
Track  5 – “Christmas Carnival” – producer Benedikt Brydern wrote this cheerful holiday excursion, expressing the exuberant, joyous energy of the season.
Track  6 – “Noel” – there is a universal simplicity to this tune which has propelled its longevity through history.
Track  7 – “My Favorite Things” – this Broadway standard still sounds fresh after its many years – a bona fide Christmas evergreen.
Track  8 – “Silent Night” – the expressive voice of the violin seems to be the perfect instrumental vehicle for this most renowned of Christmas carols.
Track  9 – “Let It Snow, Let Snow Snow, Let Snow” – this is Christmas music in its most playful mode – a tin pan alley stroke of brilliance.
Track  10 – Song medley “Away in the Manger” and “We Three Kings” – Song Medley – “Away in the Manger” takes me back to Sunday school – I’m sorry, but every time I hear “We Three Kings” I think of that “exploding cigar”.
Track  11 – “Little Drummer Boy” – to me this song always possessed a beautiful strangeness – we recorded this version over a reggae beat.
Track  12 – “Best Christmas Ever” – I wrote this song with visions of cuddling up with a loved one by warm fire on an idealistic Christmas eve in a perfect world.
Track  13 – “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” – to me, the ultimate Christmas song – a heart breaker.
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