Howard Wiley | Twenty First Century Negro

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Twenty First Century Negro

by Howard Wiley

Standard, straight-ahead jazz; ballads to swing, and everything in between.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around
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2. Big Daddtay's Boogie
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3. W.C. Durge
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4. Very Special
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5. Untitled Ballad
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6. Maire's Lament
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7. Steve
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8. To Begin at the Beginning
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9. Ishara
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10. Ballad and Swing
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You simply have to have this c.d. Since it was first created, copies have been flying out the door and leaping off the table at every gig where Wiley does his thing.

When a person first experiences Howard Wiley, whether it be in a solo or trio format, they know they're hearing top-rate, quality jazz.

Wiley brings a strong saxophone sound that is definitely not your grandfather's jazz. Take a look at some of the quotes Wiley has received from major publications who have reviewed his sound:


"Much has been written about the twenty-something musicians heralded as the new keepers of the jazz flame. Well make way for a representative of the next generation."
--- Downbeat magazine.

Wiley's a tenor titan when he tacks off on something, swinging like crazy, leaping all over the chart like it's a jungle gym; blowing hot, then cool, first strident, then tip-toeing through a chorus."
--- San Francisco Chronicle.

Tenor saxophonist Howard Wiley sometimes stayed within generic boundaries, but elsewhere Wiley's lines veered into angular, sweet-and-sour tangents, as if a modern Chicago tenor renegade like Von Freeman or the late John Gilmore had wandered onto the bandstand."
--- Boston Globe.

In great demand throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Wiley can often be found gigging in the New York jazz scene as well as festivals throughout the country.

Check this cat out...I guarantee you won't be disappointed.


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Jim Bingham

I agree with the rest of the reviewers on this page...a very good album. Hope we get more from this great (and still young) jazz performer.


really good
I gave it three stars instead of 5 because I know Wiley has more than this in him...I prefer more of the live, killin' Wiley that I've come to know in a live show. I'd lile to see him come out with something new that allows him to open up a little bit. But still a great c.d. overall.


Amazing talent
I've seen Wiley play in many setting throughtout the S.F. Bay Area and he always nails it. Amazing player and great c.d. too.

Cheryl T.

Great Sunday afternoon c.d...
I play this c.d.'s a great c.d. for kicking back on a breezy Sunday afternoon and sippin' on a's real nasty (in a good way) and sleezy (also, in a good way)...kind of like sitting in an old time speakeasy. Great stuff overall.

George Thomson`

Would come back for more
Although I sympathised with the message in the spoken word tracks, it was the music that attracted me. Based on this one I will definitely buy his next album.


Howard Wiley is a beast on the sax. He's an incredibly talented and disciplined musician. Although his current gigs are a much more accurate reflection of his what he's capable of creating, this CD is a must have. His superb technical ability combined with his brilliant creativity will leave you feeling in awe. You will not be disappointed.

Jim Bennet

Buy this c.d.
I'm a huge jazz fan, and this c.d. ranks up there as one of my favorites. It has huge variety. I was lucky enough to catch the Howard Wiley Trio at a gig the other night, and no doubt I will be seeing them again.

Amazing music...very original...heavy sax sound....and the durge is very cool....not something you hear every day.

Buy it! You won't be disappointed...and if you get a chance definitely catch them in concert when they come through your town!

Brad Drake

I really like the variety on this disc. I'm a big jazz fan, and so many of the new, younger players out there do the same ole' thing...but this has everything from a march-like tune, to spoken word. And very good spoken word. Sometimes when jazz tries to mingle with spoken word stuff it gets corny, but this is right on.

Bob Grey

great disc
After reading the other reviews on this site, and listening to the samples, I thought I'd give it a try, and I'm glad I did. Great "old school" jazz that covers a lot of territory. I suggest it. Not only would veteran jazz lovers like it for it's originality, but I think listeners who are new to jazz would enjoy it as well, because it's not too crazy ("out") and not boring either...good variety.