Vin extraordinaire all-star affair

Beyond Trio Grande and all-change ahead - Will Vinson has a new record called Tripwire in the pipeline. The alto sax ace is with double bass face Matt Penman, (James Farm) drummer Eric Harland, to us the Elvin Jones of our time, and breakout star …

Published: 16 Jun 2022. Updated: 19 days.

Beyond Trio Grande and all-change ahead - Will Vinson has a new record called Tripwire in the pipeline. The alto sax ace is with double bass face Matt Penman, (James Farm) drummer Eric Harland, to us the Elvin Jones of our time, and breakout star tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana whose own record 12 Stars is one of 2022's best.

Tracks include Vinson originals the title track, 'Fable' and 'Resting Jazz Face'; standards the Count Basie, Jerry Livingston, and Mack David song 'Blue and Sentimental' first recorded by Helen Humes with Buck Clayton in 1947; the J. Fred Coots/Sam Lewis song 'For All We Know' that first was introduced as a foxtrot in the 1930s by Hal Kemp and His Orchestra; and Jerome Kern & Oscar Hammerstein II's 'All The Things You Are' first recorded in 1939 wondrously by Artie Shaw and Helen Forrest. Tripwire is a 16 September release and is to be issued by the Michael Janisch owned indie, Whirlwind. If you're new to Vinson, think the criminally underrated Tom Harrison a bit in terms of a starting point but much beefier sound wise.

'Who Me?' above was on Vinson's 2021 striking saxophone phantasmagoria, Solo

Eric Harland, top left, Will Vinson, Melissa Aldana, Matt Penman. Photo Luke Marantz

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Kurt Elling, 'Lonely Avenue,' Edition *****

Track of the day is Kurt Elling's to-die-for version of the Doc Pomus classic 'Lonely Avenue' first recorded and released by Ray Charles in 1956 the easy pick of the soaraway new 5-track EP SuperBlue - The London Sessions new from the great …

Published: 15 Jun 2022. Updated: 19 days.

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Track of the day is Kurt Elling's to-die-for version of the Doc Pomus classic 'Lonely Avenue' first recorded and released by Ray Charles in 1956 the easy pick of the soaraway new 5-track EP SuperBlue - The London Sessions new from the great Chicagoan Elling out today.

Backing vocals on this ''Live at the Pool'' set are by Vula Malinga and La Donna Young with Charlie Hunter taking a strutting but never over-the-top guitar solo that ambles along mightily and there's drummer Corey Fonville who provides a laidback groove as DJ Harrison divvies up an airplane-doing-the-taxiing like keyboards as the ensemble start to rev the mother up oh so effortlessly and roar to put their own stamp on this evergreen break-up beauty and run that particular voodoo of a heartbreak down.

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