Wilfried Wilde (g), Charley Rose (as), Xan Campos (p), Demian Cabaud (b), Iago Fernández (d)
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"The somewhat apocalyptic painting on the cover might give the misleading impression that Wilde’s music will send your audio system into fast and perilous meltdown. With a soft Metheny-esque tone and a painterly appreciation of colour and form owing more to Cézanne than Dali, he may not yet be any great innovator but there's a certain freshness to his writing that makes a strong first impression. He was recipient of the Dutch “Keep An Eye” award in 2011 and you may have already heard him on an earlier Fresh Sounds release by drummer Iago Fernández (Brisa, 2016). Fernández is part of a circle of like-minded collaborators that the French-born guitarist has hooked up with since his relocation to Galicia, and the manifold benefits of belonging to a regular working unit are evident here at every turn.
With its languid pulse and patiently unfolding lines Feeling Droiden offers reassuring familiarity to followers of contemporary trendsetters such as Mehldau, Rosenwinkel and McCaslin, yet Wilde’s slightly reticent solo is equally redolent of Jim Hall’s thoughtful understatement. Rose’s smooth, sinuous alto exploits the somewhat ambiguous spaces of Nerve Vibrations, and while nobody takes the limelight on Nasty Meditation the quintet’s animated interplay builds an infectiously ascending groove. Wilde’s delicate unaccompanied introduction makes La Houle the pick of the ballads, the mid-tempo Ordering is the vehicle for some of his most forceful soloing of the date, and for sheer drama the rapidly cycling shifts in dynamics of La Crie De L’Oiseau easily steal the show. Ripe with promise, Oscilienscope is a solid leadership debut that will appeal to discerning fans of contemporary jazz guitar."
Fred Grand (September, 2017)
Jazz Journal Magazine