Music

Endawin
Unit Records, 2022

  1. Coral Reef 1:35
  2. The Missing Birds Of Passage 1:33
  3. Endawin 1:49
  4. Starling Cloud 1:30
  5. Lost And Forsaken 1:53
  6. Jackfish 1:32
  7. Pearl Island 1:35
  8. Signs Of Great Change 1:40
  9. Secret Hope 1:27
  10. Traveling Light 1:48

David Wildi – guitar
Rodrigo Aravena – bass
David Stauffacher – percussion

Liner Notes
“Melody is the soul,” says David Wildi, and it is from this understanding that his latest album “Endawin” was born. Wildi plays the melodies as wide arcs, which he completes – also in his improvisations – whenever possible. The fragmentary is not his thing, all the more precise and form-conscious is his playing. Every sound is right, chord and single-note playing intertwine, a tension subtly builds up.

The melodic themes are central. The way they expand and culminate, blossom and dissolve again in the flow is one of the strong listening experiences of this music. It is grounded by jazz and blues and does not miss its funky touch (“Jackfish”).

Titles like “Coral Reef”, “Missing Birds of Passage”, “Starling Cloud”, “Pearl Island”, “Signs Of Great Change” or “Traveling Light” tell of the themes that inspire David Wildi. They are the creative processes of nature, the moods of certain places, the universal connections. Spiritual themes have become increasingly important in recent years. Perhaps that is why the music seems so focused and at the same time weightless. A gentle melancholy and serene cheerfulness touch each other, and hope for a better world is also palpable in the moods. “It’s important to me that my music touches hearts, that a certain empathy is always palpable, and that melancholic elements lead back to confidence.”

Pirmin Bossart

The Inner Star
Unit Records, 2012

  1. There will be Something 1:34
  2. Waterlines 1:31
  3. Arrows 1:32
  4. Silent Beauty 1:42
  5. As Far As 1:38
  6. Le Capre 1:32
  7. Bird Call 1:33
  8. Off the Ground 1:27
  9. Catching the Sun 1:31
  10. The Inner Star 1:33

David Wildi – guitar
Andreas Renggli – piano
Stephan Athanas – bass
Stephan Weber – drums

Liner Notes
If this CD would have been produced under the auspices of the today defunct label GRP, they would all nod their head in total approval because of the understanding and artistry of David Wildi, the protagonist of this production.

His guitar playing could easily be compared to the many excellent guitarists belonging to the stem of said label. Wildi’s second asset can be found within the area of composing. All tunes have meticulously been written as well as put together by him and executed in perfect fitting form incorporating today’s different types of influential musical styles.

The listener will hear many rhythmic and melodic variations he will find elsewhere in todays use but this time signed David Wildi. His up to date concept gives the five piece band a clear and understandable direction. The newcomers in this context shall be noted for they’re excellent support offering  to their leader by interpreting his ideas on a very high level. The inherent  melodic content makes it possible to listen to this CD in any kind of surrounding, accompanied by any size of crowd or in the best case over and over again by one self…which would be the best way to enjoy Wildi’s Guitar Poetry! 

Kurt S. Weil
Publicist

Windsong
Unit Records, 2003

  1. Gentle Blues 1:28
  2. Windsong 1:27
  3. Impressions John Coltrane 1:25
  4. The Summer Goes 1:04
  5. Forever 0:56
  6. Bleeckerstreet 0:50
  7. Day By Day 1:25
  8. Mind The Dog 0:52
  9. Out In The Dark 0:46
  10. In A Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington 1:04

David Wildi – guitar
Stephan Stahel – piano
Stephan Athanas – bass
Pius Baschnagel – drums
Willy Kotoun – percussion
Monika Wildi – backing vocals

Liner Notes
Once upon a time in the USA – jazz musicians held quite some grudges against the well earning rockstars and decided to change their rather miserable situation by applying a simple saying: “If you can’t fight them, join them!” And they did. The musical invention then called rock-jazz and later fusion actually changed the situation for many of them. This style, created in the early 70ties, prevailed for a longer time and prompted a whole lot of young musicians to accept it as part of jazz. Many young instrumentalists broader view have since began to mix styles, incorporating rock rhythms, jazz changes and modal solos in their musical concept – and a new bread of jazz musicians has consequently emerged and established itself.

Guitarist David Wildi belongs into that category. A musician with said broad view on things, not wanting to apply any boundaries between what is called straight ahead jazz, fusion or even rock. For him, like for so many of his stateside colleagues, spontaneity and creativity have become the key words for his work. Being aware of the fact, that in music rather little remains to be newly invented, he puts quality of performance and material before innovation and succeeds in writing truly valuable compositions, plays them with impeccable taste and sensitive mastery of his instrument. The album reveals a great variety of melodically catching lines, interesting and logical changes as well as a most fitting lineout of many rhythms we currently are confronted with.

Agreeably, this music demands a projection full of warmth, strong sense of rhythm, extensive musical understanding and cannot be performed by just anyone. Especially the guitar, recognized world wide in a myriad of different forms, truly demands special attention by the player and demands an equally special approach to not resemble too much to the performances of other competitors. David Wildi has done just that, by carefully and painstakingly applying a personal sound, musical concept as well as admirable technical skills. He definitely does not belong into the vast majority of loud and noisy guitarists; his handling of the instrument can easily be termed “soft, velvety and insinuating”. Which does not mean the man plays without power; it means that he has learned his lessons not to overdo things, not to overload the listener with too much unnecessary technical fireworks. In other words, there is a tasteful guitarist with a solid background and very fruitful ideas.

To be tasteful also means to be able to select your entourage in the best possible way. The band is small! Small bands depend largely upon each and every single member. There is no particular key person to carry the load; in this case you will find five of them. Aside from guitarist Wildi, pianist and keyboard specialist Stefan Stahel is there to cover all aspects of accompaniment, be it on piano, e-piano or even organ. Besides this delicate task, he convincingly performs high-class solo work and adds lots of interesting chord structures to the proceedings. Bassist Stephan Athanas is well known as man-of-all-trades, meaning a musician perfectly at home in practically all current music styles from world to jazz to whatever is demanded of him. His warm and powerful sound mixes really well with Pius Baschnagels drumming. For many a listener, this might be the first time to get acquainted with the talents of this young man, but it will certainly not be the famous “last encounter”. Pius is already well introduced into the jazz scene, is capable of supporting any band from trio to big band and does it with great taste and excellent mastery of his drums. Together, they seem to be a rhythm section to be discovered and are on top embroidered by Willy Kotouns percussion work. To ultimately enhance some of the compositions’ melodic lines, the listener can appreciate Monika Wildis background vocalizing. The music as conceived by David Wildi, including two well known jazz standards (Coltrane’s “Impressions” and Duke Ellingtons “In a sentimental Mood”), and gives each member of the band enough room to present themselves, at the same time gaining profile and personality. Should the group turn out to be a working band, this album is perfectly suited to promote Wildis ideas as well as his playing for future reverence. Last but not least, whoever hit upon the album title was very poetically inspired; there is much to be imagined in conjunction with the title “Windsong”.

Kurt S. Weil
Chief editor “Jazz’n’More”,

Publicist “Down Beat Magazine”