Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Anthony Wonsey; Lorraine’s Lullabye

It seemed like pianist Anthony Wonsey had somehow disappeared from the scene for quite some years. So you can imagine my pleasure in reacquainting with him via his brand new recording. He appears here in every context from solo piano to standard trio setting, to occasional horn players here and there. And I must say that Wonsey still displays a gorgeous touch, lush harmonic sense and of course, solid, swinging chops. You can hear how deeply rooted he is in the jazz art, and I might add that he never “wastes” a note; he is clear and concise, loaded with history, yet very contemporary. Wonsey is an expressive artist at any tempo and he says it all on a program of well conceived originals and a few standards in “Sweet Lorraine”, “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “It Might As Well Be Spring”. He’s all skill and no frill, and I’m so glad to reconnect with him.

Cellar; 2021; appx. 65 min.

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