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Kenny Gates: Open the Gates

Read "Open the Gates" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Open the Gates is a prime example of world class jazz musicians "keeping the flame" across the country -- in this case, pianist Kenny Gates and tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes. Gates burns and swings his way through his debut CD, ably abetted by Barnes, drummer Billy James and bassist Lee Smith. Gates, a protege of the ...


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 ...