Anthony Wilson


MAMA MMF 1026 (68.47)

Anthony Wilson, guitar, e/sitar, kazoo; Carl Saunders,trumpet, flugehorn; Ira Nepus, trombone; Jeff Clayton (alto sax,clarinet, flute; Pete Christlieb, tenor sax; Jack Nimitz, baritone sax,bass clarinet; Donald Vega, piano; Joe Bagg, organ; Danton Boller, bass; Mark Ferber, drums; Greg Ellis, percussion, tamboura

Anthony Willson is the son of Gerald Wilson, former New York trumpet player and later as well as today, a notable arranger and big band leader on the US West Coast. Apart from this connection with Jazz, Anthony is currently a prominent member of Diana Krall's high flying quartet, a group that gives him plenty of opportunity to display his superb technique as a "Wes" influenced modern guitarist. But he also has considerable ability as a composer and arranger, which he demonstrates ably on this interesting CD. It is this aspect of his talents that gives the music here a wider appeal than just a straight ahead Jazz album.

Among the excellent nlusicians chosen to interpret the charts are Pete Christlieb and Carl Saunders with a special mention for Danton Boller's bass playing, even so there are no weak links in this aggregation. Danny Boy is an outstnnding track, developing from a straight forward guitar statement of the tune to a bluesy baritone saxophone led ensemble. This superb CD has wonderful West Coast overtones, in which Anthony shows a rare musical maturity - he is an important new voice in Jazz with his composing, arranging and guitar playing, all of equal importance.

This recording deserves the full attention of serious Jazz followers,

by Al Merritt

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