Will Vinson "It's For You" [SJL1028]
Until now, the name of alto saxophonist Will Vinson may have been one that many jazz fans had yet to discover. This is not the case in New York City where his growing reputation is starting to make waves on the modern scene. While growing up in London, Will performed co-led gigs with, among others, Stan Sulzman and Tim Garland and at the same time performed classical concerti across the UK and Europe. He first moved to New York City in 1999, originally to study with Bob Mintzer and the late, legendary composer/arranger, Manny Albam, and has since made his home there. Since his arrival in New York, Vinson has appeared and/or recorded with Mike Stern, Ingrid Jensen, John Benitez, Bobby Sanabria, Geoff Keezer, Vincent Herring and many others. After a recent UK appearance, Jack Massarik, writing in London’s top daily newspaper, described Will as "the thinking man's alto saxophonist... Britain's Greg Osby", and John Fordham of the Guardian described a "superb solo of rugged leathery sounds turning into mellifluous high notes, his secure control and storming energy occasionally reminiscent of Bobby Watson."
This new recording, 'It’s For You', is Vinson’s debut CD as a leader and, as may be evidenced by the tight-knit performance, features many of his regular New York musical sparring partners. Will's saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is characterised by his imposing sound and natural technique; an exciting new talent to enjoy.
Will Vinson – Alto & Soprano sax
Aaron Parks – Piano/Fender Rhodes
Sandra Hempel – Guitar
Thomas Morgan – Bass
Mark Ferber – Drums