"Wilson is a full-blooded jazz guitarist, who can tell a story, swings and also touches the core of the blues."Jazzism, 03-1-2022
On Vessels of Wood and Earth, guitarist/composer Dan Wilson's debut album for legendary bassist/ composer Christian McBride's Brother Mister label (and the imprint's second release), the young player casts a groove so strong that even when soloing he propels the music irresistibly forward. Dan burst into the national spotlight when Joey DeFrancesco, one of the all-time greatest jazz organists, invited him to a coveted spot in his trio. Dan went on to tour with McBride's trio, Tip City, and on Vessels of Wood and Earth, Dan got to experience McBride as a producer.
Growing up in Akron, Ohio, Dan Wilson spent the majority of his youth within the church community, where his musical path began. Traces of his major guitar influences – including Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Joe Pass, and George Benson to name a few – can be discerned through his playing, but his musical identity has been shaped by everything from gospel and blues to traditional jazz, hip-hop and horn players like Sonny Rollins and Joe Henderson. After graduating from Hiram College, Wilson made his recording debut with pianist Joe McBride and performed to worldwide acclaim with Joey DeFrancesco and Christian McBride’s Tip City, eventually recording his debut as a leader To Whom It May Concern. Wilson has had the honor of sharing the stage with jazz greats including Eric Marienthal, Russell Malone, Les McCann, René Marie, Jeff Hamilton, David Sanborn and Dave Stryker. He also teaches jazz guitar and music theory through private lessons.
Wilson is a full-blooded jazz guitarist, who can tell a story, swings and also touches the core of the blues.