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Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson doesn’t consider his current release, Soulful Song (MaxJazz), a one-person protest against the June 3 FCC decision that enables multinational corporations to gobble up even more media properties. Along with its standout music, the disc’s celebration of ’70s black radio-and its implicit insistence that thematic variety and informed cultural and political opinion, rather than conformity and predictability, should be the cornerstone of contemporary broadcasting philosophy-makes Soulful Song a worthy, welcome effort.

“This record represents what I grew up with before radio became so formatted and compartmentalized,” says the 42-year-old Wilson, who excels on alto and soprano saxophone and flute. “Radio in the ’70s was still a magical place. You could hear jazz, gospel, an excerpt from Dick Gregory or comedy from Moms Mabley. In my opinion, a lot of what’s gone wrong with us as a culture can be traced to what’s happened with radio and pop music in general. No, the FCC decision wasn’t the main reason for this album, but it did play a role, along with the post 9/11 fallout, and the Iraq war.”

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