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Worry No More

by Jared Wilson & The Vibe

Jared Wilson a spirited Tenor Saxophonist who trades quick linear lines for a soulful warm big bodied sound releases his debut CD. The pleasure is all yours as you get to listen to a true master of the Organ, Gene Ludwig. So enjoy The Vibe.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Worry No More
4:33 $0.99
2. Cold Duck Time
5:48 $0.99
3. Softly As A Morning Sunrise
8:11 $0.99
4. Gia
5:33 $0.99
5. Brother What Say You?
6:03 $0.99
6. St Thomas
4:50 $0.99
7. Willow Weep For Me
7:09 $0.99
8. Mr Clean
3:54 $0.99
9. Gene's On It
4:06 $0.99
10. Vibe Vamp
4:47 $0.99
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Music is something that should make you feel good. It has the power to transform one’s mood from gloomy to feelings of jubilation. Music always has been for me an outlet to express what I couldn’t sometimes say with words. Music has been a means to scream when I couldn’t, to laugh out-loud, and to cry without anyone knowing my pain.

I started out as a youngster playing the trumpet and performing in the school choir. I wasn’t a very good trumpet player and surely not a talented vocalist. Yet, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the thrill of performing. In the final weeks of 8th grade at Washington Polytechnic Academy something happened that almost never happens at a public school, two new instruments arrived. One was an alto saxophone and the other? You guessed it a tenor saxophone. The alto did nothing for me but that tenor? Well, it was almost as big as me—a then 6’0” awkward 13-year-old.

I begged my teacher, Mr. Wingfield, the rest of the year to let me take it home for the summer. After much pestering, he agreed. When I played that tenor, something happened that had never before when it came to me and music. We connected and I sounded good! My passion came to life as forgotten memories of hearing the saxophone resurfaced. It became impossible for me to watch TV or a movie without hearing that haunting sound of a saxophone. That summer I took lessons at the neighborhood youth center, Bidwell, and studied under talented pianist, Dr. Leonard Johnson, (who would later join my band). The summer ended and off I went to high school (Schenley High). There I met a friend and brother, Mr. Todd Preston. He doubled as my band teacher by day and professional saxophonist by night. The next 2 years we spent what seemed like every waking moment together. He helped me learn the saxophone, and I helped him get reactivated as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Mr. Preston let me play with his band at The Historic Balcony in Shadyside. I fondly remember warming up on the back steps of the Balcony then coming on stage and joining such Pittsburgh “greats” as Don Aliquo Jr., Eric DeFade, Dave Budway and many more. Mr. Preston turned me on to discount record stores like Jerry’s in Oakland where I bought my first Jazz record, Countdown by John Coltrane. I thought to myself, “what is this crap he has me listening to?” Little did I know then what I fully appreciate now that John Coltrane was one of the most influential and talented saxophonist of all time.

Mr. Preston had me go to jam sessions to “hone in” on my craft. The jam session that stands out like no other is Jazz at The Hill House (JAHH). That’s where I met Mr. Horace Turner. Every Sunday my dad would pick me up, and we would spend the day together at JAHH. I learned a lot of songs and endured many rebukes from the “older cats.” Especially, Mr. Turner who would “kick me off stage,” claiming my solos were too long, and that I needed to go to the “woodshed” and practice. I would get upset, but my dad would calm me down. I wouldn’t come back for a few weeks till I practiced heavily to show Mr. Turner that I could make the grade and was no quitter. Eventually I realized, he was only trying to help. Boy was it ever good to sit with some of the “greats” of Pittsburgh, the “old cats,” and the up and coming “young lions.”

After high school, I continued lessons with Mr. Preston and later trained under Don Aliquo Sr., Don Aliquo Jr., Jay Willis and whomever else I could “steal a lick” from. I shaped my style after John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turntine (a Pittsburgher and one of the few Jazz legends I actually got to see live.), Grover Washington Jr., Michael Brecker, and Bob Mintzer.

About The Band:

Jared Wilson & The Vibe began some 11 years ago at a fitness club in downtown Pittsburgh called The City Club now Bally Total Fitness. My mother was a member and suggested I get a band together to try to play for one of their member appreciation parties. We ended up getting booked. My mother would later become one of the biggest promoters of the band. The band refuses to be labeled as a quartet. “The Vibe” is much more fitting than “the Jared Wilson Quartet” because on any given night the band could range from a duo to a quintet. You could see on stage a Piano, Bass, Drums and Saxophone. Or it could be an Organ band with B3, Guitarist, Drummer and Saxophonist. Or any other possible combination you can think of. “The vibe” of the evening and/or the event determines the band composition. It is also of note that there is no “s” on Vibe. No matter what pieces make up the band for the evening we work to create one harmonious “vibe” not individual vibes. The Vibe that permeates every evening is that we want you to walk away feeling good.



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Smoothjazz.com Review

Easy & Joyful Jazz!
Feel good jazz is what we have here. That kind of laid back sound that wafts through the air on a Sunday morning… like the smell of a good brew of coffee and fresh baked goods, Jared Wilson’s jazz is strongly appealing. Easy, joyful jazz is the focus here on WORRY NO MORE. According to the artist, “Music is something that should make you feel good. It has the power to transform one’s mood from gloomy to feelings of jubilation.” A driven young talent from Pittsburgh, PA, Jared Wilson originally gravitated toward the trumpet before perusing the saxophone. But by the age of 13, he discovered the tenor sax and the rest, as they say, is history. Inspired by the greats: Grover Washington, Jr., Michael Brecker and Bob Mintzer... Jared Wilson & The Vibe have been laying down good feelings for more than a decade. The release of their debut CD WORRY NO MORE guarantees this musical offering will be received way outside of Pittsburgh as our global community of jazz enthusiasts discovers it here on SmoothJazz.com. In addition to the Vibe, the project features legendary organist Gene Ludwig throughout. The compositions range from straight-ahead jazz to funk to R&B. From the relaxing title track to a cool cover of “Cold Duck Time,” to the lovely and soulful ballad Jared wrote for his wife “Gia” with a similar feel to Coltrane’s “Naima,” to the SmoothJazz.com hit “Vibe Vamp,” WORRY NO MORE feels good from start to finish. ~SANDY SHORE

Xavier P. (for RadioIndy)

Excellent instrumental jazz CD. Pick up a copy today!
“Worry No More” by Jared Wilson and The Vibe is a collection of jazz instrumentals that are sure to pierce through the ears and into the mind and soul. Refreshingly soothing and relaxing, “Worry No More” does just that - takes the listener on a journey away from stresses of everyday life and into the utopia of jazz heaven. Led by the beautifully toned tenor sax, every song on this CD displays unrivaled musicianship and skillful composition. Great diversity is also apparent, from the upbeat sounds of “St. Thomas” to the masterpiece ballad dubbed “Gia.” Moreover, the remarkable piano-runs on songs like “Cold Duck” are too spectacular to not point out. Simply put, this album is just too enjoyable to not have! Jazz lovers will find a musical paradise with “Worry No More!”