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Thursday, September 15, 2016

CD Review: Larry Wilson – No Secrets No Lies

Larry Wilson – Drums, keyboards (various), bass guitar, vocals; Joshua Bowlus – piano, Fender Rhodes; Lawrence Buckner, Mike Perez – bass; Daniel Dickenson, Todd Delgudice, David Stewart, Jesus Rodriguez - saxophones; Ray Callendar – trumpet, flugel horn; Jeremy Sauer – guitars; Cory Wilcox, Bryant Patterson – trombones; Celeste Betton, Akia Uwanda – vocals.
(Review by Hugh).
Larry Wilson spent his formative years in Jacksonville, Florida, launching his musical career, at the age of 3, playing drums in church. After Performing Arts schooling he majored in jazz studies at the Florida State School of Music.  He has subsequently toured both in the USA and abroad and worked with many notable artists or bands in jazz and other genres (at least 28 are listed in the promotional material!).  As well as playing, Larry Wilson is both a producer and musical director and serves in Music Ministry at a church in Jacksonville (under the intriguingly named Bishop John E. Guns).

No Secrets No Lies is promoted as a blend of jazz, fusion, soul and gospel.  I would suggest that it more than adequately fulfils its Mission Statement.  The CD totals an almighty 79 minutes and has thirteen tracks, the majority of which are composed by Larry Wilson.  Other contributors include some of the names in the list of personnel above.  The music has a very likeable groove, as one might expect.  It is not pushing the boundaries of harmony or tonality – just a pleasant sound, mixing both electronic and acoustic instruments – nothing to cause offence.  There is something of the “smooth” or “lounge” jazz feel in parts, this will undoubtedly not appeal to the purist. 
Track Listing:
On the Move,  Ode to Oscar, Little Sunflower, We Found Love, You Seem Familiar, Open Sesame, The Afterglow, The Lord's Prayer, Light, Midnight Oil, Release, See You, Tuti's Jig.
The album, like so many these days, is self-released, and available at http://www.larrymwilsonmusic.com/  As far as I can assess, No Secrets No Lies may currently only be available as a digital download.

Hugh.

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