Will Vinson is an astounding musician with a list as long as your arm of achievements in the Jazz word and beyond. The British born, New York resident has performed on many occasions in Australia to packed houses and always featured the equally deadly talent of Australia’s own guitar legend, James Muller.
The rapport between Vinson and Muller is as sublime as the individual virtuosity. Vinson’s compositions bringing out something special between the two. On this occasion the quartet is rounded out by a rhythm team second to none in this country with, until recently New York resident, Sam Anning (bass) and Ben Vanderwall (drums)
Originally from London, Alto Saxophonist/Composer Will Vinson moved to New York City in 1999 and has remained there ever since. Since his arrival, he has appeared and recorded with some of the greats of our time, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Mark Turner, Chris Potter,
Vinson’s playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is characterised by his imposing sound and technique; influenced by saxophonists from Cannonball Adderley to Chris Potter, he nevertheless brings his own unique approach to every performance. Will's writing, and the playing of his colleagues, combines a great respect for the century-long jazz tradition with explorations into the rhythmic, harmonic and melodic realms of contemporary forms.
In 2012, along with bassist Orlando le Fleming and guitarist Lage Lund, he formed the critically acclaimed OWL Trio, whose eponymous debut in 2013 was hailed by critics and listeners alike. Downbeat declared: “”Everything about this album, which should contend for debut of the year honours, is a resounding success. The music swings effortlessly,every utterance is gorgeous and the recording is intimate and beautiful”", while All About Jazz noted that "the chemistry, sensitivity and simpatico sensibilities exhibited by these three young men are evident at every turn....OWL Trio is one of those records that finds power in quiet expression, not raised volume or aggression. Lund, Vinson and le Fleming make for an absorbing combination"
Will has released 5 CD’s as a leader/composer and musical experience has not been limited to Jazz. Will is a member of Rufus Wainwright’s band and also performed, arranged and/ or recorded with Sufjan Stevens, Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton and Harper Simon.
Will Vinson - Saxophone
James Muller - Guitar
Sam Anning - Bass
Ben Vanderwall - Drums