Down Beat (11/96, p.58) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...remarkable swing-to-avant premiere....Wilson displays lots of syncopated action..."
Option (11-12/97, pp.138-139) - "...a confident, creative musician with an extensive bag of tricks. There's never anything gimmicky about Wilson's playing; he just has a lyrical style, perhaps more typical of an ethnic percussionist than a guy operating behind a standard drum kit..."
Personnel: Matt Wilson (vocals, harmonica, drums, percussion, birdcalls); Dewey Redman (vocals, tenor saxophone); Larry Goldings (vocals, toy piano, organ); Cecil McBee (bass).
Recorded at Sound On Sound Recording, New York, New York on April 12, 1996. Includes liner notes by Ed Hazell.
Personnel: Matt Wilson (vocals, harmonica, drums, percussion); Dewey Redman (vocals, tenor saxophone); Larry Goldings (vocals, toy piano, organ).
Liner Note Author: Ed Hazell.
Recording information: 04/12/1996.
Arranger: Matt Wilson .
Drummer Matt Wilson is one of the most inventive percussionists of the modern era. His eclectic way with the standard drum kit, as well as various percussion instruments and "found" sounds, is a marvel to behold. AS WAVE FOLLOW WAVE, Wilson's first session as a leader, finds him in the company of three other unique musicians. Dewey Redman (saxophone) and Cecil McBee (bass) have both employed Wilson previously, and organist Larry Goldings shares Wilson's youthful drive and exploratory qualities.
With compositions that range from Monk-like swing ("Bingo") and unabashed funk ("Blue Pepper") to expressive free-form ballads ("Tiny Prairie Landscape"), Wilson creatively dictates the texture of each piece from his unique perspective. Also included are several solo percussion pieces that display the depth of Wilson's musicality and artistic range. The most significant piece is the passionate title tune, which culminates in the quartet's round recitation of a verse by poet Carl Sandburg. Wilson is clearly in command of a vast creative reserve, and he will only continue to delight and surprise those who venture into his circle of influence.