If Jonathan Wilson's 2011 retro-folk/rock masterwork Gentle Spirit reveled in the early 70's Laurel Canyon sound, his new Fanfare (October 15, Downtown) -- true to its revealing title -- brings a grander style of psychedlica, fuzzy electric guitar excursions and the intricate and cinematic art/rock detail built around his studio's prized 9-foot Steinway piano. “I was going for this sort of “widescreen” sound, a blown out vista," says Wilson. "I wanted strings, horns, bells, vibes, voices, solos, improvisation and a full orchestra on some of the tunes." To help achieve his vision, Wilson brought in some veterans of the period: Graham Nash and David Crosby, Jackson Browne, U.K. alt/folk pioneer Roy Harper (who co-wrote several songs), Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers along Father John Misty and members of Dawes and Wilco. The rapturous, bongwater-scented seven-minute highlight "Dear Friends" pretty much sums it all up. Click through to watch the video and stream "Love To Love."
Jonathan Wilson - "Dear Friends" (from Fanfare)
Jonathan Wilson - "Love To Love" (from Fanfare)