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Anthony Wilson: Power Of Nine

Read "Power Of Nine" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Anthony Wilson, the son of Gerald Wilson--and Diana Krall's guitarist for quite a while--has been gradually making a name for himself with each of his releases, of which The Power Of Nine is the sixth. Increasing his forces to a nonet, Wilson has created an album of interesting arrangements and many beautiful sounds, blending the brass and reeds expertly. The beginning of the record sounds like standard fare, starting with a straightforward mid-tempo Duke Pearson tune, “Make ...

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Anthony Wilson Nonet: Power Of Nine

Read "Power Of Nine" reviewed by Alain Londes

Anthony Wilson's young talent has earned him opportunities to play with a number of other jazz artists within different configurations. The guitarist son of legendary composer/arranger/bandleader Gerald Wilson has already played with the likes of Bennie Wallace, Larry Goldings, Joe Henry, Harold Land, Chris Botti and the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He joined Diana Krall on her Grammy-winning Live In Paris (Verve Records, 2002), and they have remained friends since. Wilson has been a member of the Jazz Studies faculty at ...

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Anthony Wilson Nonet: Power Of Nine

Read "Power Of Nine" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

Anthony Wilson has been a vital member of singer Diana Krall's group over the past few years, but the guitarist has also been able to maintain his own identity as a bandleader and composer, recording five albums since 1997. These releases have met with very positive critical responses.

On his sixth and most ambitious work to date, Power Of Nine, the guitarist works with a nonet. Given the fact that he is the son of famed bandleader Gerald ...

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Anthony Wilson: Adult Themes

Read "Adult Themes" reviewed by Jack Bowers

In spite of its provocative title, the themes on composer / arranger / guitarist Anthony Wilson’s third release for the MAMA Foundation aren’t x–rated. Perhaps “music for adults” would be a more accurate description, for that it surely is. Wilson, who has reached the ripe old age of 31, validates the uncommon maturity that overspread his self–titled debut album and its successor, Goat Hill Junket. He does so with a series of remarkably inventive charts for his 11–piece ensemble that ...

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Anthony Wilson: Goat Hill Junket

Read "Goat Hill Junket" reviewed by Paula Edelstein

Goat Hill Junket recalls Anthony Wilson to the forefront of his nonet playing five new originals and three arrangements with memorable melodies and great ensemble textures. Wilson and his ensemble swing with the dynamics of older styles of jazz on songs that create their own melodic world. His resonant guitar leads on an innovative arrangement of “Here’s That Rainy Day” and further compliments the standard with an impeccable array of younger and seasoned talent. With Jeff Ballard on drums, Jerry ...

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Anthony Wilson: Goat Hill Junket

Read "Goat Hill Junket" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Guitarist Anthony Wilson, whose debut was nominated last year for a Grammy Award, has neatly sidestepped the sophomore jinx on his latest release for the MAMA Foundation thanks to his creative writing and steadfast support from his New York-based sidemen. This one's in a somewhat funkier groove than Wilson's earlier effort with pianist Mike LeDonne playing Hammond B-3 on two selections ("W-2 Blues," Tadd Dameron's “Flossie Lou") and guest Bennie Wallace squealing like a disconcerted Texas tenor on “Stairway to ...

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Anthony Wilson: Anthony Wilson

Read "Anthony Wilson" reviewed by Jim Santella

Among the nominees for a Grammy Award in the Best Large Jazz Ensemble category, Anthony Wilson's nonet recording is grouped with some rather formidable competitors: Joe Henderson's Big Band, Bill Holman's Big Band, J.J. Johnson's Brass Orchestra, and Phil Woods' Festival Orchestra. Fortunately, careers don't always hinge on the granting of arts & entertainment awards such as the Grammys. Approaching thirty, surrounded by a group of LA's finest mainstream jazz veterans, and sharing both the genetic and environmental makeup of ...


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