|Pianist and composer Skip Wilkins has many CD release credits as a leader or co-leader, and those as a sideman with international luminaries, including National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, Phil Woods. Recent releases as a leader or co-leader include Live at Jazzinec (Ray Service, Czech Republic), Czech Dreams (New Port Line NPL 0013-05, Czech Republic), and Father & Son (SteepleChase LookOut SCCD-33102).
Live at Jazzinec features Skip with his most recent European group, Trio WUH (Wilkins, František Uhlíř, Jaromír Helešic). This surprise release was captured live at the Festival Jazzinec in Trutnov, Czech Republic. Trio WUH gave more than 200 European Concerts from 2012-2016 in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, France, and the Slovak Republic. They also enjoyed a residency at Lafayette College in 2015.
Czech Dreams features Skip writing for and playing with an ensemble of great young Czech musicians, including Libor Šmoldas, Tomáš Baroš, Tomáš Hobzek, with guests Rostislav Fraš and Maruška Puttnerová.
On Father & Son, 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 compositions. A brilliant, young saxophonist, Dan studied at the Manhattan School of Music and 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.
With the trio Skip has two acclaimed 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.
Live at Jazzinec: "arguably, one of the best new dynamic trios in the jazz world today" -All About Jazz
Live at Jazzinec: "amazing jazz album – telepathic interplay," music rating of *****
-Jazzport (Czech Republic)
Live at Jazzinec: "masters of their instruments" -SkJazz (Slovak Republic)
Czech Dreams: "truly spectacular – riveting – one of the most successful albums of the last year,"
music rating of ***** -Jazzport (Czech Republic)
“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