Jonathan Wilson: February 12, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

February 18, 2014

[photos by PSquared Photography]

Jonathan Wilson is a musician’s musician. When artists are in Southern California they invariably visit Jonathan’s studio, which was founded in Laurel Canyon, moved to a larger space in LA, and is credited with rejuvenating the music genre named after the region. Jonathan has produced albums from a variety of artists including Dawes, Father John Misty, Bonnie Prince Billy and Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes. His studio has also hosted studio jam sessions with an even wider variety of artists. He even recently toured with the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and has performed and recorded at Weir’s TRI Studios. So it comes as no surprise that Jonathan Wilson’s solo albums often contain a who’s-who of special guests along with the best available studio musicians. Jonathan’s most recent album Fanfare (Downtown Records) has been hailed as one of the best of 2013, and rightfully so. It expands upon the material from his well-received and successful debut album, 2011’s Gentle Spirit. While Spirit certainly cemented his Laurel Canyon influences, Fanfare is a more diverse and more intense album overall. At Bowery Ballroom on Wednesday night, we were not surprised that Jonathan Wilson’s band contained a striking amount of talent. The set began with the album’s title track and when the full band entered the song, it was obvious that the night’s musicianship would be paramount. Jonathan’s set was heavy on Fanfare material but also included several show-stoppers from his first album and an obscure Bob Welch-era Fleetwood Mac cover.. There were multiple highlights to report, including the set closing “Valley of the Silver Moon” which featured show-opener the legendary Laraaji and which extended to twenty minutes. We’re streaming our personal highlight, the extended version of “Natural Rhapsody” which contained a mid-song jam that resembled Miles Davis “Solea” from Sketches of Spain. We are also streaming the penultimate track, the straight forward folk-rocker from Fanfare, “Moses Pain”. Jonathan Wilson’s tour continues through the end of February in the South and Southwest before he heads to Europe for much of April. We’ll next see Jonathan when he plays the annual Mountain Jam Festival in June.

The sound quality of this recording is simply stunning, and that is because the show was mixed by the legendary British FOH Spike Jones. You’ll know you’re in for something special when you hear the first roll of the drums in the very first track. We used the Sennheiser cards for room feel and mixed it with the feed to create a recording for which we’re incredibly fortunate to have been able to capture. Enjoy!

Stream “Natural Rhapsody”:

Stream “Moses Pain”:

Download the Complete Show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Jonathan Wilson
Bowery Ballroom
New York, NY

Digital Master Recording
Soundboard + Audience Matrix

Soundboard [Engineer Spike Jones] + Sennheiser MKH-8040s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Mod) > 2 x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 2:07:16]
01 Fanfare
02 Illumination
03 Fazon
04 Desert Raven
05 Dear Friend
06 Love to Love
07 Natural Rhapsody
08 [banter – NYC]
09 Can We Really Party Today
10 Future Vision
11 Angel [Bob Welch]
12 New Mexico
13 Moses Pain
14 [Laraaji intro]
15 Valley of the Silver Moon
16 [encore break]
17 Trials of Jonathan


If you enjoyed this recording, please support Jonathan Wilson, visitĀ his website, and purchaseĀ Fanfare from the links at Music on his website or Downtown Records [HERE]

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10 Responses to Jonathan Wilson: February 12, 2014 Bowery Ballroom – Flac/MP3/Streaming

  1. jeff
    February 19, 2014 at 9:11 am


  2. sumodie
    February 19, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Thank you! We caught Wilson’s terrific 2/11 show in Boston. Great 4 piece backing band.

    A very good Wilson interview was recently published in Relix:

    Love this site, keep up the great work!

  3. Richard
    February 19, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    Unreal show- thanks for the post!

  4. N
    February 20, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Newport Folk Fest >Way Over Yonder Santa Monica > Troubadour West Hollywood > Boston Brighton Music Hall ~ phenomenal fanfare tour ~ but Laraaji intro into Silver Moon out of this world ~ thank you nyctaper and jw for allowing

  5. Sandy
    February 20, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    thank you thank you thank you!

  6. Steve
    February 21, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Thanks so much for taping!!!

  7. Chris
    March 6, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    Great recording, thanks so much! I’m looking forward to finally catching him @ the ‘roo since I missed him locally last month.

  8. spike Jones
    March 23, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Thanks for the revue great show love mixing this band.

  9. Thom
    July 2, 2014 at 11:55 am

    Thanx ! What a great musician !!!

  10. Pierre
    March 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Thank you!

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