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Wilson and his Perennials band simply blow the mind with the way they so easily integrate so many styles into one cohesive sound. Reviewers see a lot of release sheets where a performer describes their sound as a mix of this and that, usually with a lot of "this" and not much "that". With Perennials, everything is there. I can imagine trad jazz and reggae fans (and maybe some folkies too) getting a lot of pleasure from this superb album.
Mark Rheaume - CBC Music Librarian
The word is out in Eden Mills. Jason Wilson and the Perennials lift us higher and higher!! With their energetic musical style, their global roots, their range of musical interests and their high level of technical skill, they lead the audience on a trip through home and world music, meshing folk voices and rhythms into a unique and varied musical landscape.
Dr. John Cripton - Cultural Broker, Impresario, Producer and AD Eden Mills Community Hall
Jason and The Perennials crossed boundaries, merged genres, broke all of the 'rules' - thankfully - and in the end, filled the Centre with amazing music performed by a top-notch band. It was reggae, it was folkie, it was jazz; it was so many things, all brilliant and all performed extremely well. But why constrain such joyful, eclectic, exciting, melodic, rhythmic, brilliant music to a single genre? Maybe Jason and the Perennials should have their own genre!
Eugene Rea - GM Midland Cultural Centre/AD Tiffin Bay Folk Club, Midland, ON
Wilson and The Perennials offered up an epic night of music at the Alton Mill Arts Centre. The expertly-performed, eclectic "global roots" mix of reggae, fused with jazz with a strong dose of Celtic influence is, simply put, great music and measured A++. Music simply doesn't get much better than this!
Jeremy Grant - Co-Owner Alton Mill Arts Centre, Village of Alton, ON
Jason Wilson & The Perennials gave a phenomenal performance. Just when you thought you knew what was coming up, a surprise jumped in and kept everyone's feet tapping the whole time!
Christine Schmidt - Coordinator Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre, Southampton, ON
OFFICIAL HIGH RESOLUTION PRESS PHOTOS:
- Wilson and Swarbrick, Kailyard Tales. Wheel Records/Proper Music Distribution: 2017.
- Jason Wilson, Perennials. Wheel Records: 2016.
- Wilson and Swarbrick, The Lion Rampant. Shirty Records/Wheel Records: 2014.
- Jason Wilson, The Peacemaker's Chauffeur. Wheel Records: 2008. (Juno-Award nominee/CRMA winner)
- Jason Wilson and Tabarruk, dREaD & BLUE: A Canadiana Suite. Wheel Records: 2004.
- Jason Wilson and Tabarruk, Jonah. Wheel Records: 2000. (Juno-Award nominee)
- Jason Wilson and Tabarruk, Dark Corners. Wheel Records: 1998. - Tabarruk, Tabarruk. Wheel Records: 1994.
Jason Wilson's music has been described as "reggae-impressionism", "jazzy-reggae" or even "post-reggae". While none of these quite cover it, Wilson's art is, nevertheless, truly unique; it is a sound where reggae is freely brushed — not strictly detailed — allowing space on the canvass for wildly divergent inspirations 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. JASON WILSON and THE PERENNIALS have been transcending to the delight of crowds across Canada, the UK and Jamaica:
Marcus Ali - saxophones/whistles/vocals
Dr. Jason Wilson is a two-time Juno-Awards nominee, Canadian Reggae Music Award winner, a national bestselling author 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, Dave Swarbrick, Pee Wee Ellis, Sly & Robbie, Ernest Ranglin, Alanis Morissette, Ron Sexsmith, The Mighty Sparrow, Percy Sledge, Brinsley Forde (Aswad), Dick Gaughan, Martin Carthy, David Francey and many more.
An Adjunct-Professor of history at the universities of Guelph and Guelph-Humber, Dr. Wilson has six books to his name to go along with his seven, critically-acclaimed albums. Wilson'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 was out touring with musical icons such as Pee Wee Ellis (James Brown/Van Morrison's bandleader), Wilson's sound has charmed audiences across the country and around the world.
Born to Scottish immigrants, Wilson played his first night-club gig with Messenjah when he was only fourteen. Wilson's cousin Michael Virtue (UB40) has been a staunch promoter of Jason's career. Known for incorporating jazz and Scottish and English folk influences atop a reggae foundation, Wilson is a multi-instrumentalist though is perhaps best known for his piano skills. Wilson has extensive studio-session experience on his native instruments the piano and voice, but also on bass, guitar and accordion.
Wilson has also been featured on many radio and television shows and is no stranger to the CBC where he has guested on many national and local programmes including Metro Morning; Fresh Air; The Current; Ontario Today; Big City, Small World and Mama Yama. Jason's own life story and music was featured in a special mini-documentary entitled 'The Grateful Dread' that appeared on The National with Peter Mansbridge. Similarly, Wilson's life was featured in a documentary on BBC radio. Jason's work on the Dumbells — Canada's famous concert party of WWI — was also featured on The National in 2013.
Author of six books, including Soldiers of Song: The Dumbells and Other Canadian Concert Parties of the First World War, Wilson has been published several times in both academic and popular journals on a wide variety of historical topics. A winner of a SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship, Dr. Wilson's research has included works on Canadiana, pop culture, the First World War, hockey, immigration and, of course, music. Indeed, much of the material found on Wilson's five critically acclaimed albums have largely been inspired by events in Canadian history. Jason's song-writing combines, as journalist Nicholas Jennings confirmed "his historical perspective and inventive arrangements on thoughtful, genre-stretching songs about human conflict." In the summer of 2009, Jason served as the lone professional musician on the advisory committee for the 'Cantos at the King Eddy' project in Calgary that will serve as Canada's national music museum. Wilson also co-authored the best-selling Official Centenary book for the Toronto Maple Leafs alongside Kevin Shea.
Wilson was the on-stage musical director for the award-winning project Jamaica to Toronto (NOW Magazine Album of the Year 2006) and is also the leader of Soldiers of Song, a tribute to the Dumbells. Jason was presented with The Karl Mullings Memorial Award for commitment to reggae in Canada in 2007. No other Canadian reggae artist has toured as much as Wilson in the past ten years. With intriguing lyrical imagery — mostly culled from moments in history — Wilson presents a uniquely irresistible take on the reggae art form.
Rummlegumption (When I'm Down, You Lift Me Up)
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