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Bert Wilson and Rebirth: Endless Fingers

A true multi-instrumentalist, possessing distinctive voices on soprano, alto, and tenor saxophones, as well as bass clarinet, Bert Wilson may very well be the jazz rediscovery of 1997. His scant discography includes ESP and Arhoolie rarities led by Sonny Simmons, Smiley Winters, and Zitro (!)-he was also a member of the adventurous Now Creative Arts Ensemble. Subsequent to his ’79 move to Olympia, Washington, he released just a couple of LPs on the Seattle AuRoar label, which are well worth the hunt. His career has been hampered by his lack of mobility-now approaching sixty, Wilson has been confined to a wheelchair since he contracted polio at age four.

Endless Fingers promises to raise his too low profile, as it is brimming with spirited, inventive, and satisfying writing and playing.

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