David Wise | Till They Lay Me Down

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Till They Lay Me Down

by David Wise

As Gary Bartz says, “If I’m locked into a category, I’m in a room with walls around me. But music is the universe.” So here we go.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz quartet
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  Song Share Time Download
1. What More Could One Man Want?
5:04 $0.99
2. Sylvia
2:28 $0.99
3. Here's That Rainy Day
7:27 $0.99
4. Home
9:53 $0.99
5. Kol Nidre
3:11 $0.99
6. Till They Lay Me Down
8:04 $0.99
7. Lullaby
2:11 $0.99
8. Life is But a Song, Pt. 1 & 2
2:34 $0.99
9. Life is But a Song, Pt. 3
3:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
David Wise, tenor and baritone saxophone,
Bruce Forman, guitar
Alex Frank, bass
Jake Reed, drums
w/ special guests:
Jason Joseph, vocals (track 1); Laura Mace, vocals (track 1); Josh Smith, guitar solo (track 1); Mitchell Cooper, trumpet (tracks 1, 9); Glenn Morrissette, alto sax (track 1); R.W. Enoch, tenor sax (track 1); Amy K. Bormet, keyboard (track 1); Mikala Schmitz, cello (tracks 2, 8); David Wise, vocals (track 8, 9)

Liner Notes:
Hello, and thanks for listening.

You may have found this album listed as “jazz.” Really, it’s just a collection of music that I felt it was most urgent to record. Whatever label you put on it, I hope you like it. As Gary Bartz says, “If I’m locked into a category, I’m in a room with walls around me. But music is the universe.” So here we go.

“What More Could One Man Want?” is an expression of something a lot of people are never lucky enough to experience. Jason Joseph steps in to voice that sentiment better than I ever could.

“Sylvia” and “Here’s that Rainy Day” are for my grandma and grandpa, Sylvia and Frank “Chesty” Grossman, without whom life would be a waste of time for everyone.

“Til They Lay Me Down” means that for as long as I’m here, I’ll be me, and I’ll carry as a part of me every single person I’ve ever met and every single thing I’ve seen, heard, smelled, tasted, and done. You know who you are.

“Kol Nidre” is the central melody of Yom Kippur that I have heard sung by Philip Okun and Judy Belinkie all my life. I’ve drawn great musical inspiration from their interpretations.

If you fall asleep during “Lullaby,” I won’t be insulted. In fact, that’s the point.

“Home” is just that, a simple melody that makes me feel right at home.

“Life is But a Song” is a true story, and I was fortunate to have a friend like Amy K. Bormet to help fill in some of the gaps in my lyrics. Feel free to stand up, clap your hands, move your feet, whatever takes you there. Life is beautiful and you only get one. Thank you, and see y’all next time around.



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Joe Ross (Roots Music Report)

Warm sounds of a good saxophone
I’ve always loved the warm sounds of a good saxophone, and David Wise knows how to get the best from his tenor and baritone. Growing up in Richmond, Va., Wise hold degrees from Oberlin College in African-American Studies and Jazz Saxophone Performance. He’s since moved to Los Angeles where he performs and tours regularly. Six of the eight tracks on the CD are original David Wise compositions that make some poignant statements. The title cut runs about eight minutes, and “Home” is nearly ten. Both incorporate explorations of melody, syncopations, rhythm and dynamics. As Wise does, I think you’ll draw inspiration from his musical interpretation of “Kol Nidre,” a central melody of Yom Kippur. Wise may be primarily a jazz purveyor, but I hear rudiments of funk, rock, soul and blues in his music. Closing the project with three parts of a rousing and motivating “Life is But a Song,” Wise compelled me to keep his enjoyable music spinning in my player for several more revolutions as I cruised around town doing my errands. (Joe Ross, Roots Music Report)