Downbeat Critics Poll 2000 - Talent Deserving Wider Recognition (TDWR): Composers.
Downbeat Critic Poll 1999 - TDWR Guitar - TDWR Arranger - TDWR Composer
Downbeat June 1999 - Rising Stars in Jazz
"A clever young cat who could become a jazz icon in the 21st century." -Ed Kopp/allaboutjazz.com
"an easy swinging open-minded guitarist who offers a rich compelling sound." - Zan Stewart/LA Times
"Wilson put on a spectacular display showing strong ties to the tradition of Wes Montgomery and Grant Green." - Bill Kohlhaase/LA Times
2nd album Anthony Wilson - Goat Hill Junket received a Grammy nomination in 1998. Goat Hill Junket and 1999's Adult Themes albums both received ***** (5 Stars) from Downbeat in 1998 and 1999
"Stereophile reviewer Thomas Conrad gives GRV1008 Anthony Wilson - Our Gang a rave review in the August Downbeat: "His harmonic sophistication, technical control and sheer, suave elegance place him in the ranks of the major jazz guitarists...The production/engineering team of Joe Harley and Michael C. Ross have been responsible for some of the best sounding recordings ever made...the electric guitar and Hammond B-3 are capable of the subtlest sonorities and most tantalizing depths."
Winner of the 1995 Thelonoius Monk Competition for composers category
Composer-arranger-bandleader and guitarist Anthony Wilson, the 32-year old son of big band maestro Gerald Wilson, is one of the most brilliant musicians working in the US jazz scene today. A recipient of the IAJE's Gil Evans Fellowship Award, Wilson's rich, fluid and easy going style, with it's seductive references to Wes Montgomery and Kenny Burrell, is much in evidence on his latest CD, Our Gang from the Groove Note label out of Los Angeles.
Playing with a much pared down structure of guitar trio with organ and drums (his previous recordings have been with much larger outfits) gave Wilson the freedom to focus more on his own inventive and incomparable skills as soloist, and his close rapport with drummer Mark Ferber and organist Joe Bagg, with whom he has been playing with regularly for the last 2-3 years, pays off richly in this session.
Wilson's previous three CDs for the Mama label received a great deal of critical and commercial recognition. The self-titled debut album hit number 1 on the Gavin charts and received a Grammy nomination in the Large Jazz Ensemble category in 1997. His second album Goat Hill Junket also achieved great success both critically and on radio while his third album released in 1999 features talents such as Jeff Clayton, Greg Ellis and Jack Nimitz all performing a suite commissioned by the IAJE. Wilson also received a Downbeat International Critics Poll award for Composer Deserving Wider Recognition in 2000.
Wilson's newest effort is the culmination of all his most recent ideas, in both originals and standards, and this CD includes some stunning performances of standards like Chitlins Con Carne (By Kenny Burrell), I Want You - She's So Heavy (from Abbey Road), and Prelude To A Kiss (Strayhorn). The album also contains further evidence of Anthony Wilson's skill and talent as a composer as demonstrated by original compositions like Our Gang and Britta's Blues. The sterling back-up by Ferber and Bagg also deserves special mention with organist Bagg in particular exchanging great solos on the Hammond B-3 with Wilson.
Recorded by the A-list team of producer Joe Harley (ECM, Enja) and Mike Ross (engineer) at Cello Studios in Hollywood, this remarkable session will serve not only to cement the much vaunted reputation established with the Mama CDs but will in fact greatly extend Wilson's high profile position as one jazz's finest talents.
|1. Our Gang|
|2. Chitlins Con Carne|
|3. Britta's Blues|
|4. Time Flies|
|5. Road Trip|
|6. Luck be A Lady|
|7. I Want You (She's So Heavy)|
|8. Prelude To A Kiss.|