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Back in the Mix

by Dan Wilensky

Jazz with a capital 'J.' Dan Wilensky, Russ Johnson, Mark Soskin, Dean Johnson & Tony Moreno take no prisoners!
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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1. Back in the Mix
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2. Hand in Hand
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3. Tenderly
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4. Here
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5. Just Happy
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6. Lament
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7. Falling in Love With Love
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8. Kenai
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9. After All Is Said and Done
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Dan Wilensky’s Back In The Mix features Mark Soskin (piano), Dean Johnson (bass), Tony Moreno (drums), and special guest Russ Johnson (trumpet) in a musical tour de force. Wilensky’s 4th recording as a leader includes new arrangements of Cole Porter’s “Falling In Love With Love,” Gross and Lawrence’s “Tenderly,” “Lament” by the great J.J. Johnson, and 6 new Wilensky originals. The creative virtuosity of long-time band mates Dean Johnson and Tony Moreno propel the group to greater heights. Russ Johnson, recently featured in Lee Konitz’s band, and Mark Soskin, a longtime member of Sonny Rollins’ group, are simply superb.

Check out this group in action in the video for "Kenai" on YouTube.


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Vidar Brekke

Keep 'em comin'
"Back in the Mix" is the 3rd album since Dan Wilensky's "comeback" and thus a test on talent and intent. The title track speaks for itself on intent, and Dan puts his horn where his mouth is when it comes to the performance. Any jazz lover will be hard pressed not to listen to the whole album once the music begins playing.

Dan hit a home run with with ensemble. The solos are particularly inspired and eloquent, with the two 'newcomers' Mark Soskin (who has recorded and performed with Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Billy Cobham) and Russ Johnson (Kenny Wheeler, Steve Swallow, Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano) almost stealing the show. Bassist Dean Johnson and drummer Tony Moreno got his back on this album (as on the two previous ones).

The song selection is strong, and the originals impress. Dan can't hide his influences, and there is no reason to. "Here" and "Hand in Hand" could easily have been mistaken for a 60's composition by Herbie Hancock or Wayne Shorter. Another superb original is Kenai, and for those of you who want to see a bunch of white guys jazzing it out, there's a video on Dan's website!

And as always, Dan ends the album with a beautiful ballad. By coincidence, perhaps, this CD's bookend, like on his two previous ones, one can hear influences from Jarrett/Garbarek, yet quintessential Wilenskian - which is fine by this listener!

Even with nine tracks on the album, I keep wanting more and I sincerely hope Dan can keep up the yearly cadence of new album releases!

Juerg Sommer

A real surprise (Text from a Swiss newspaper review: Der Sonntag, Febr.19, 2012)
Vier Topjazzer und ein (noch) kaum bekannter Leader

Sache git's! Wetten, dass kaum einer unserer Leser den Tenorsaxophonisten Dan Wilensky kennt. Dabei soll dieser Künstler auf unglaublichen 250 Tonträgern präsent sein. Als ehemaliger Student des legendären Joe Henderson hat Wilensky aber auch Stil und Sound von Wayne Shorter verinnerlicht. Und sein Quintett mit lauter Topjazzern (Russ Johnson-tp, Mark Soskin-p, Dean Johnson-b, Tony Moreno-dm) überrascht mit melodisch swingendem und relaxt groovendem Postbop. Eine ganz tolle Entdeckung!