Anthony Wilson Trio Our Gang on Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP
Mastered Directly from the Original 30 IPS 1/4 Inch Analogue Master / Cut by Bernie Grundman on All Analogue Tube Cutting System!
Absolute Sound 2001 Golden Ear Award Winner for Artistic and Sonic Excellence!
Composer-arranger-bandleader and guitarist Anthony Wilson, the 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 Our Gang, his 2001 masterwork for the Groove Note label.
Playing with a much pared down structure of guitar trio with organ and drums (his previous recordings were 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 had been playing with regularly for the last few years, pays off richly in this session.
Wilson's previous three releases for the Mama label received a great deal of critical and commercial recognition. His self-titled debut album hit No. 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 featured such talents as Jeff Clayton, Greg Ellis and Jack Nimitz all performing a suite commissioned by the IAJE.
Our Gang is the culmination of all his ideas up to that point, in both originals and standards, and the record includes some stunning performances of standards like "Chitlins Con Carne" (Kenny Burrell), "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" (The Beatles Abbey Road), and "Prelude To A Kiss" (Strayhorn). The album also contains further evidence of 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 not only cemented Wilson's much vaunted reputation but greatly extended the guitarist/composer/bandleader's high profile position as one jazz's finest talents.
Groove Note records all of their albums at the best studios in Hollywood (Oceanway, Record One, Cello, Sunset Sound) using a top Grammy nominated recording engineer, Michael C. Ross. All of their albums are recorded 100% analogue and the production masters are also mixed by 100% analogue by Ross. All albums are cut by one of the greatest mastering engineers in the world, Bernie Grundman, on an all analogue tube cutting system using all upgraded and modified vintage Sculley cutting lathes. All of their LPs are then plated and pressed by RTI on 180g audiophile vinyl.
Anthony Wilson (guitar)
Joe Bagg (Hammond B3)
Mark Ferber (drums)
• 180g 45rpm 2LP-set from Groove Note
• Mastered directly from the original 30 ips 1/4 inch analogue master
• Cut by Bernie Grundman on all analogue tube cutting system using all upgraded and modified vintage Sculley cutting lathes
• Plated and pressed at RTI
Anthony Wilson Trio Our Gang Track Listing:
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