Articles | Popular | Future

ALBUM REVIEWS

Will Vinson: Perfectly Out Of Place

Read "Perfectly Out Of Place" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Perfectly Out Of Place--the sixth album from saxophonist Will Vinson--is a marvel of compositional design, textural beauty, and musicality. It's both in keeping with his previous work and several steps beyond and above. While Vinson is essentially sticking with his favored quintet format on this one, he's expanded his sonic palette by adding some judicious overdubs and bringing in a number of special guests--The Mivos Quartet, vocalist Jo Lawry, and percussionist Jamey Haddad. He's also upped his ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Will Vinson: Stockholm Syndrome

Read "Stockholm Syndrome" reviewed by David Lighton

Saxophonist Will Vinson performs the oft-attempted but rarely accomplished feat of producing fresh and original music with an open affection for tradition. He carefully walks the tightrope, all the while risking falling--on one side into shallow mimicry, and on the other into art music. Stockholm Syndrome--Vinson's first Criss Cross release and an appropriately heady mixture of standards and originals--finds the alto saxophonist developing a distinct and personal lyricism. The album brings together five of New York's best ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Will Vinson: The World (Through My Shoes)

Read "The World (Through My Shoes)" reviewed by David Lighton

Recorded at Freddy's Back Room in Brooklyn, The World (Through My Shoes) marks alto saxophonist Will Vinson's first live release. The music, documented over two nights, offers a genuine portrait of a working band creating distinctive contemporary music. The core of the program is comprised of Vinson originals. His writing and arranging display a keen respect for the jazz tradition, as well as an obvious fluency in the current jazz languages. Most important, however, his tuneful arrangements ...

INTERVIEWS

Will Vinson: Planted and Growing in New York

Read "Will Vinson: Planted and Growing in New York" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

Like many musicians of his generation, growing up in the rock-and pop-dominated 1980s, saxophonist Will Vinson got his indoctrination to jazz from the sounds emanating from the stereo system in his home, hearing the likes of Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Count Basie from his father's record collection. He took a liking to them. Especially Basie, as Vinson started out playing the piano as a youngster. But there were a few obstacles. Vinson, 33, is a native of ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Will Vinson: Promises

Read "Promises" reviewed by John Kelman

It's been five years since British expat Will Vinson released his debut as a leader, It's For You (Sirocco, 2004), but the alto and soprano saxophonist has been anything but dormant. Working hard in the New York area with everyone from Mike Stern and Chris Potter to Geoffrey Keezer and Seamus Blake, Vinson's follow-up, Promises, may have been a long time in coming, but it demonstrates Vinson's palpable growth as a player but also, and perhaps more importantly, as a ...

ALBUM REVIEWS

Will Vinson: It's For You

Read "It's For You" reviewed by John Kelman

It's hard to be an up-and-coming musician these days. With the major labels either reducing their rosters drastically or shutting down their jazz operations entirely, and the independent labels struggling to make a go of it, being an unproven entity can be a real challenge. Fortunately labels like John Priestley's UK-based Sirocco Music, which still clearly concentrates on established artists including Tim Garland, Eddie Henderson and Joe Locke, are still prepared to take a chance on young artists they believe ...


Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and you'll support us in the process. Learn how.