It seems like a decade or more ago that pianist Anthony Wonsey had a very nice run in the recording studio with an impressive string of sessions. But I have heard nothing from him since, and so I’m so pleased to reacquaint with him via this new CD. Most of the tunes are his own creations and feature his scintillating bandmates Dmitri Kolesnik, bass, and Chris Beck, drums. A number of very welcome guests also pop in and out on trumpet, tenor sax, and one vocal. Wonsey himself brings a very steady, straight ahead presence with attractive, joyous harmonies and well written melody lines. Beyond all of the pleasurable original material here, there are two etched in stone standards in “I Didn’t Know What Time It Was” and “It Might As Well Be Spring”. There’s an inspirational freshness and somehow a “this is how it’s supposed to sound” feeling to Anthony Wonsey’s piano offerings, and I for one am so glad to be back in his company.
Cellar; probably 2021; appx. 65 min.
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