Phillip Wilson (drummer)
|Birth name||Phillip Sanford Wilson|
|Born||September 8, 1941|
|Origin||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Genres||Jazz, Blues, Funk, R&B|
Phillip Wilson was born in St. Louis on September 8, 1941, and was a third generation musician. His grandfather, Ira Kimball, was a percussionist playing on the riverboats that traveled down the Mississippi to New Orleans. His recording debut was with Sam Lazar, noted for having one of the first interracial bands in the St. Louis area. Moving to Chicago, he was a member of the AACM and performed with the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
He joined up with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band in 1967 at a time when the band membership changed greatly, including an added horn section. He recorded three albums with the group. Wilson's song Love March, co-written with Gene Dinwiddie, was performed at Woodstock and released in 1970 on the original live record album from the festival.
Wilson, along with Dinwiddie and fellow former Butterfield Band member Buzz Feiten, formed the jazz-rock band Full Moon in the early 70's. They recorded a self-titled album which is considered one of the finest early examples of Jazz Fusion. He was part of the loft jazz scene in 70’s New York, worked as a session musician for Stax Records in Memphis, jammed with Jimi Hendrix at the Cafe Au Go Go, recorded with The Last Poets, Olu Dara, David Murray, Anthony Braxton, and a host of other musicians. He worked extensively with Lester Bowie
 Wilson was still actively pursuing his musical career when he was assassinated on March 25, 1992, at 440 East 9th Street in New York City. In 1997, Marvin Slater, NYS DIN# 97-A-5198, was convicted and sentenced to 33 1/3 years for the intentional murder of Wilson. The motive has never been revealed and more investigation is still needed.
- 1978: Fruits - Live at the Northsea-Festival in Den Haag, July 14, 1978, with Leo Smith and Johnny Dyani.
- 1978: Duet (Improvising Artists, with Bowie)
- 1978: Live at Moers Festival
As group member
- 1972: 'Full Moon' (album & group name), with Buzz Feiten (guitar), Neil Larsen (keyboards), Freddie Beckmeier (bass), and Gene Dinwiddie (tenor saxophone). Sidemen contributing to Full Moon included Randy Brecker, Airto Moreira, Ray Barretto, Dave Holland, and vocalists Robin Clark and Tasha Thomas.
With Lester Bowie
- African Children (Horo, 1978)
- I Only Have Eyes for You (ECM, 1985)
- Avant Pop (ECM, 1986)
- Twilight Dreams (Venture, 1987)
- The Organizer (DIW, 1991)
- Funky T. Cool T. (DIW, 1991)
With Anthony Braxton
With Paul Butterfield
- The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw (1967)
- In My Own Dream (1968)
- Keep on Moving (1969)
- Woodstock: Music from the Original Soundtrack and More (1970)
With Julius Hemphill
With Sam Lazar
- Playback (Argo, 1962)
With Roscoe Mitchell
- Old/Quartet (Nessa, 1967)
With David Murray
- Flowers for Albert: The Complete Concert (India Navigation, 1975)
- Live at the Lower Manhattan Ocean Club (India Navigation, 1977)
- City of Gabriels: the history of jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973, Dennis Owsley