Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins announces his new release on SteepleChase LookOut Records. On Father & Son (SCCD-33102), Skip and his son Daniel join forces with the other members of Skip’s New York Trio, bassist Scott Lee and drummer Jeff Hirshfield, for a set of Skip’s new compositions. A brilliant, young New York saxophonist, Dan is finishing his undergraduate degree at Manhattan School of Music in 2013. Dan is otherwise very active with a range of his own groups in New York and Pennsylvania, and as a sideman there and in Europe, where he has toured extensively. Together, Skip and Daniel have headlined at festivals and clubs in Prague, Berlin and beyond, playing music penned by each of them.
But on Father & Son, Daniel has added a quality to the trio that makes it clear why Skip often says, “I have played with great saxophonists from all over the world. But for some music, I had to grow my own.” Skip and Daniel have an uncanny way of phrasing these melodies, and Daniel’s fierce solos make it clear what is coming in his budding career.
With the trio Skip has two acclaimed 2011 Dreambox Media CD releases, I Concentrate on You (DMJ-1133), and After (DMJ-1135). I Concentrate on You features a sublime set of standards, some well known and others less often played. This collection of pieces was recorded impromptu-style on the second day of the sessions. A day earlier, the trio recorded an ambitious set of Skip’s new compositions, released together as After. These pieces bear his unmistakable signature – a curious blend of his harmonic, melodic and rhythmic ideas, and this trio puts an emphatic new stamp on his writing.
You’ll also find news within of Skip’s 2010 international CD release, Frydlant Nights (Czech Radio Prague, CR0473-2). The CD from the Rostislav Fraš – Skip Wilkins Quintet contains many of Skip’s compositions and was recorded in Prague, with Fraš (tenor), Skip (piano), Neil Wetzel (alto), Josef Fečo (bass) and Gary Rissmiller (drums).
“Righteous Heat.” -Philadelphia Inquirer
“Compositions filled with emotional intelligence.” -JazzPage.net (Tokyo)
“Wilkins goes from soulful, gut-bucket mode to rich ballads to angular modern jazz...”
“Full of emotion and intellectual fervor.” -All About Jazz
“West Coast cool but with updated, East Coast suavity.” -Philadelphia Inquirer
“Wilkins is an inventive, subtle pianist...[his] music has an edge; he’s searching for, and more often than not finding, his own voice, which is really what jazz is all about...” -Allentown Morning Call
“Wilkins has a particularly nice touch both composing and playing ballads.” -Cadence