Artist: Will Vinson

Date of Release: 08/09/2009

Catalogue no: Nineteen Eight Records 1007

Label: Nineteen Eight Records

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Philos O' Fur






Rose Tint



Adventures of Bagpuss














“cooly restrained... an impressive new effort” - New York Times

“promises is the delivery... a fine album” - All About Jazz

“a lethal approach to writing and soloing” - Time Out

“adroit and sophisticated” - The Guardian

Nineteen-Eight records is proud to launch “Promises”, the second album as a leader from saxophonist Will Vinson and the long awaited follow up to 2004’s critically acclaimed “It’s For You” (Sirocco). Over the last few years Vinson has become one of the most in-demand saxophonists on the New York scene performing in several leading ensembles such as drummer Ari Hoenig’s Quartet and that of acclaimed guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg (both of whose CD’s he appears on). He has also made a name for himself outside of Jazz circles having toured for over a year with Rufus Wainwright and performed with and arranged for Sufjan Stevens, Martha Wainwright and Beth Orton, to name a few.This release showcases Vinson’s unique voice as an improviser and composer. It provides the documentation of a repertoire explored and nurtured by Vinson’s New York group, one made up of a roster of “a-list” peers, all of them accomplished composers and bandleaders in their own right. The material was written over the course of 3 years, and performed regularly at the 55 Bar, Smalls and the Jazz Gallery, the leading New York venues for modern, adventurous jazz played by the up-and-coming artists of today’s generation of young musicians. This process gave the band the chance to bring the music to a level of maturity and familiarity not often attained at the point of recording. The result is an hour of music played by a band completely focused and invested in the project.“Promises may have been a long time in coming but it demonstrates Vinson's palpable growth as a player but also, and perhaps more importantly, as a writer.” - All About Jazz




22/02/0009 All About Jazz

It's been five years since British expat Will Vinson released his debut as a leader, It's For You (Sirocco, 2004), but the alto and soprano saxophonist has been anything but dormant. Working hard in the New York area with everyone from Mike Stern and Chris Potter to Geoffrey Keezer and Seamus Blake, Vinson's follow-up, Promises, may have been a long time in coming, but it demonstrates Vinson's palpable growth as a player but also, and perhaps more importantly, as a writer. Vinson's playing continues to combine the more cerebral nature of Greg Osby with Potter's in-the-gut visceral approach, but five years down the road his own voice is emerging more confidently on this quintet session that features other up-and-comers including Aaron Parks, whose own Invisible Cinema (Blue Note, 2008) and work with trumpeter Terence Blanchard has catapulted the twenty-something pianist into high visibility. Ever inventive, Parks solos with the kind of confident sense of construction that supports his increasing acclaim, while acting as an empathic rhythm section partner with bassist Orlando le Fleming and drummer Rodney Green (Ari Hoenig replaces Green on the staggered funk of "Philos O' Fur.") Vinson also enlists guitarist Lage Lund who—along with Jonathan Kreisberg, Matt Stevens and Nate Reeves— represents the next wave of guitarists behind Kurt Rosenwinkel, Adam Rogers and David Gilmore. Promises is a mainstream set of a decidedly modern bent, featuring eight Vinson compositions that lean largely to the acoustic and the complex—informed by the writing of Rosenwinkel, Potter, David Binney and Wayne Shorter. Still, Lund isn't afraid to pull out the occasional electronic trick, including some looping and reverse attack throughout the ever-shifting "Adventures of Bagpuss," which begins with simmering intensity and a high velocity theme doubled by Vinson and Lund before leading to a vibrant swing, only to cut to half-time for a strong solo from Vinson that ultimately begins an increasingly accelerating return to swing and the composition's knotty theme. Even when Vinson moves into slower territory, it's hardly balladic, although it is lyrical in its own way. On "Rose Tint" he works again in tandem with Lund before a solo from Lund that, despite its wide intervallic leaps, distances him further from Rosenwinkel, who has become an almost too pervasive influence on younger guitarists. Vinson's warm tone on alto, his main axe, smoothes out the occasional jagged edges of his improvised lines while le Fleming and Green, ever empathic, maintain a smooth as silk cushion that's augmented by Parks' atmospheric voicing. If It's For You was a pledge of intent, Promises is the delivery. With increased confidence as a player and writer, hopefully Vinson won't have to wait another five years to follow up to this fine album of modernistic mainstream jazz.


30/03/0008 New York Times

Mr. Lund, the guitarist, also contributes to “Promises,” an impressive new effort by another young alto saxophonist, Will Vinson. The album — which will be released on Nineteen-Eight Records (nineteeneight.com) on Thursday, the same day Mr. Vinson plays two sets at the Jazz Gallery — also features Aaron Parks on piano, Orlando Le Fleming on bass and Rodney Green on drums. There’s less of a boppish thrust here and more gentle fluctuations in dynamics as well as pulse. Some tracks, like the unfortunately titled “Adventures of Bagpuss,” flirt with the principles of fusion, but airily; there’s never a sense of being assaulted with technique. Mr. Vinson, who hails from London, has worked around New York in a more strenuous vein, so the lightness here is intentional. It suits him and his colleagues well.


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