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Anthony Wonsey: The Thang

Read "The Thang" reviewed by Mark F. Turner

Anthony Wonsey's latest disc finds the pianist coming into his own creative voice. Wonsey has been at the center of some very notable works over the past few years, including recordings by trumpeter Nicholas Payton, songstress Carmen Lundy and others. The Thang, his fifth disc as a leader, continues in the straight-ahead format of his label, Sharp Nine Records. While others artists his age are dabbling in freer modes, make no mistake that Wonsey is a skilled artisan who plays ...

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Anthony Wonsey Trio: Blues for Hiroshi

Read "Blues for Hiroshi" reviewed by David S. Birk

Sharp Nine Records' slogan is “Straight ahead and in the pocket." How well does Sharp Nine's offering from Anthony Wonsey fit the bill?In the last decade, pianist Anthony Wonsey has been associated with prominent names like Nicholas Payton, Wallace Roney and the late Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine. So it's a surprise that Blues for Hiroshi is only the second album under Wonsey's leadership. (The album is the trio's first American release.) The disc is nicely paced with three ...

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Anthony Wonsey: Open the Gates

Read "Open the Gates" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

A native of Chicago, 27-year-old pianist Anthony Wonsey is one of those uniquely blessed musicians who has chops to burn, a big heart, and the ability to all make it sound so smooth and effortless. His two previous recordings, done in Japan and reissued in the States on Evidence, should have sounded a joyful noise regarding a player of significant abilities, but failed to attract much attention. Then he hooked up with trumpet phenom Nicholas Payton and heads began to ...


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