Pianist Anthony Wonsey performs a thoughtful & swinging program of beautiful originals & cleverly arranged standards.
When I think of the phrase ''it takes a village to raise a child,'' I often think of my music training and all of the great musicians and people I have come across throughout the years, starting with the great trumpeter Zilner Randolph, who was Louis Armstrong's musical director in the '40s. I was five years old when I met the master, and the piano lessons he gave me were really life lessons - I just did not realize it at the time. The village raising a child soon grew, and I entered high school, where Reginald Willis became my mentor. Because of this, I won a four-year scholarship to Berklee College of Music. Mulgrew Miller and James Williams as well as my peers and other members of the village became my teachers and mentors . Now, living in New York City since '95, I continue to be inspired in this great city by great musicians and great people. One of those great people is Lorraine Tiezzi, who is a real lover of this Black American art form. This album is about saying thank you to all the people in the village who continue to raise that child. Since the pandemic, it has really humbled me in many ways - this is my way of saying thank you. I bring you Lorraine's lullabies. Anthony Wonsey New York City May 2021
Track Listing: Sweet Lorraine Giving Rise to Doubt I Didn't Know What Time It Was Little Mouse Blues for Hiroshi It Might As Well Be Spring Blacker Black's Revenge Avo's Blooze Do You Remember Me Melancholy Mind
Personnel: Anthony Wonsey - Piano Dmitri Kolesnik - Bass Chris Beck - Drums Special Guests: Zet Harris - Tenor Saxophone Antoine Drye - Trumpet Milton Suggs - Vocals Brandi Disterheft - Bass