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Perennials

by Jason Wilson

Latest stunning offering from mercurial 2x Juno Nominee and reggae-jazz-folk artist. Written in New York City over 18 months, following the narrative of 'Gertrude' and her eventual return to Ontario.
Genre: World: Reggae
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1. Epistrophy
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2. Gertrude
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3. Gotham (You Feel Like the Only One)
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4. Eden
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5. Gabrielle
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6. Jellyby
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7. Felicity
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8. Impression
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9. Juno
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10. Mirage
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11. Rummlegumption (When I'm Down You Lift Me Up)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
JASON WILSON AND THE PERENNIALS:
Jason Wilson’s music has been described as, among other things, “world-fusion”, "Scottish-reggae" and "folk-roots”. While none of these quite cover it, Wilson's art is, nevertheless, truly unique; it is a sound where the reggae portion is freely brushed – not strictly detailed – allowing space on the canvass for wildly divergent inspirations such as Scottish Pibroch, folk-rock and bebop to peek through. In essence, Wilson combines reggae with the improvisational sensibility of jazz and then layers it with the storytelling quality of the Scottish folk tradition.

Written in New York City over the course of 18 months, Perennials (Wheel Records, 2016) articulates this singular sound. Thematically, the artist captures Gotham as if seen through F. Scott Fitzgerald's critical lens; the city is, for Wilson, that "once golden shimmering mirage". In this way, Perennials is not a love letter; it is, instead, an expression of longing, a wish for a return to bucolic, "braes ablaze o' green" Ontario where his beloved Gertrude awaits. Joined by a stellar band including: Marcus Ali, Patrice Barbanchon, Perry Joseph, Andrew Stewart and Zaynab Wilson, Jason and the Perennials have been transcending to the delight of crowds across Canada, the UK and Jamaica.

BIO:
Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee, Canadian Reggae Music Award winner and celebrated Scottish-Canadian historian from Downsview, Ontario. He is the protégé of Studio One keyboardist Jackie Mittoo and has performed and recorded with UB40, Alanis Morissette, Sly & Robbie, Ron Sexsmith, Ernest Ranglin and many more. An Adjunct-Professor of history, Wilson has six books to his name, and is currently co-authoring the official Toronto Maple Leafs centenary book (McLelland & Stewart, 2016).

Jason's music has caught the attention of many critics. The Beat’s Ted Boothroyd confessed that Wilson’s work is “deeply satisfying reggae for aware, intelligent grown-ups.” Likewise, No Depression’s Douglas Heselgrave believed that “the more I listen to Jason Wilson…the more I am convinced that he's onto something that may just help broaden the spectrum of how people consider reggae music.” Whether it is with his own unit The Perennials, or with his touring "musical-lecture" The Soldiers of Song (a tribute to Canada's "Dumbells" of the First World War), or when he's out touring with musical icons such as Dave Swarbrick, Pee Wee Ellis and Dick Gaughan, Wilson's sound has charmed audiences across the country and around the world.

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