Jonathan Wilson – Charlie Parker

28th June 2023 · 2020s, 2023, California, Music

Summer songs don’t get much more summery than this trippy number by Jonathan Wilson, leader of the latterday Laurel Canyon revival.

It’s filled with strings, horns, fuzzy guitars, tubular bells, and a few bebop elements to match a lyric alluding back to the golden age of jazz.

Something of a musical genius, Wilson plays pretty much every instrument – though his fluid guitar playing is what stands out the most.

He’s also a producer, working with Angel Olsen and Father John Misty, Glen Campbell, Conor Oberst and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy; he even played drums on a friend of mine’s album.

I first found him performing with his fellow LA musicians Dawes and the legendary Jackson Brown, and have followed him through some synthy excursions into prog and now, thankfully, back to mellow jams that sound like sunshine on the beach.

His new album is called Eat The Worm – presumably a reference to the allegedly hallucinogenic properties at the bottom of a mezcal bottle.

Wilson describes this song as “a fantastical and fictitious flight of fancy and fantasy. It also touches on the ups and downs of my life over the past decade as a touring musician, and more.”