Howard Wiley -//- 12 Gates to The City – [Howard Wiley, 2010]
Have you by chance met the music of composer/saxophonist Howard Wiley? If not, this Berkeley, California native initially found himself deeply rooted in the fabric of the African American culture through his lineage of family, church and music.
With that said, you’ll find yourself transfixed by Mr. Wiley’s persuasive tone as it penetrates slowly over the sweltering fertile ground to develop his aspiring voice as a musician in a place where fellowship joins hands with gratitude in a community to openly express the sentiments of love, values, integrity and encourage the disenfranchised, gifted, suffering, talented and to inspire all who gather to listen to his music.
The award winning and inventive body of work created by the thirty-one year composer and saxophonist Howard Wiley will truly amaze anyone who listens. Prior to this project, Wiley’s phenomenal work consists of: The Angola Project (2007), Twenty First Century Negro (2005) and In Solo. As a matter of fact, all three projects possess and anointing lined with songs that are harmonically constructed to shake one’s sensibilities to ultimately hear Wiley’s life unfold through the voice of these remarkable compositions. It appears to me, one of main his objectives is to reflect spiritually the influences which in essence strengthen his persona, and integrity as much as humanly possible. Continue reading