Dan Wilensky | Group Therapy

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Group Therapy

by Dan Wilensky

Freewheeling but disciplined jazz played with love by Dan Wilensky, David Phelps, Dean Johnson & Tony Moreno. A celebration of collective improvisation – of the moment.
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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1. Reckless Tongue
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2. Real Time
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3. Exotikiss
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4. Certain Nights
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5. Smile
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6. Perpetual Blues
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7. Neurology
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8. 21st Century Blues
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9. Downtown
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10. Group Therapy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Group Therapy features saxophonist and composer Dan Wilensky, electric and acoustic guitarist David Phelps, bassist Dean Johnson, and drummer Tony Moreno. The music is a celebration of collective improvisation – of the moment; freewheeling but disciplined jazz with heart. You'll hear shades of Monk, Joe Henderson and Pat Metheny. All About Jazz wrote: "Wilensky sounds like everyone and no one. His own voice is well-informed by his experience and all who preceded him." This elegantly designed CD includes 8 new original compositions, a new take on Charlie Chaplin's "Smile," and a version of "Downtown" featuring Tony Moreno that's decidedly more downtown New York than the original. If you're a fan of any of the individual members of this band, this CD will become an indispensable part of your collection. If this is the first time you've heard these guys, this could be the beginning of a beautiful thing! Be sure to check out Wilensky's other CDs and books, and visit www.danwilensky.com for more information.


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Vidar Brekke

Nothing short of brillian
This album really threw me for a loop, and then into a loop. The first time I listened to "Group Therapy" I thought it might be a great album, but wanted to defer my judgment until a few rotations later. So I listened to it repeatedly, searching for some flaw to amplify in my review to make me feel smart (cynical people live longer, I've heard). But I was outsmarted. This album is nothing short of brilliant, and already one of my favorites. My only minor criticism is that the drums may be superfluous on the Latin-flavored "Exotikiss". With a great melody like that, less would be more.

To me, Dan's previous album sounded like homage to the music that had shaped him. I think this album is about who Dan is. Instead of moving in time, he's moving in space: New Orleans meets New York (via Bagdad). On this album he's also replaced the piano for a guitar, which both in acoustic and eclectic packaging seductively supports the sax melodically and harmonically.

Dan is not just a peerless, technically perfect saxophonist. He's a great composer, arranger and bandleader, performing every tune with authority. The originals and their arrangements are delightful. The cover of "Downtown" (of Petula Clark fame) is brilliantly arranged and performed. Dan has simply turned it into a new jazz standard.

The album overall is full of humor and swagger, with room for personal expression granted each member of the quartet (who are all earning their keep).

While the previous album sounded like four clean-shaven guys in suits playing Carnegie Hall, this one sounds like the after-party where they are trying to impress the girls.

I can't stop listening, I can't pick a favorite tune and I can't wait for the next album.