Will Vinson slated to record new ensemble disc for 5Passion!


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We are delighted that Mr. Will Vinson will be gracing our label with an album in 2015.

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/or recorded with Gonzalo

Rubalcaba, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Ari Hoenig, Marcus Gilmore, Mark Turner, Chris Potter, Geoffrey

Keezer, Lage Lund, John Benitez, Aaron Parks, and many others.

Will is a member of a number of leading New York ensembles, including drummer Ari Hoenig’s Punk

Bop (Will is featured on Inversations, Bert’s Playground, and Live at Smalls), Lage Lund’s Quintet,

Pedro Giraudo’s Mr. Vivo, an Argentine Jazz ensemble with 3 CD’s under its belt, and guitarist/

composer Jonathan Kreisberg’s Quintet and Quartet (The South Of Everywhere – 2007, Shadowless –


Will has an international reputation as a leader and sideman. All About Jazz New York describes Will

as playing “with a relentless force”. Thomas Michelsen of Denmark’s Politiken, hails this “very

exciting saxophonist” with a “beautiful, softly modulating tone”, and John Fordham of The Guardian

described a “superb solo of rugged leathery sounds turning into mellifluous high notes” with

“secure control and storming energy”. Time Out London calls will an “exciting young altoist with a

lethal approach to writing and soloing”.

Will has released 4 CD’s as a leader/composer. It’s For You (Sirocco Jazz, 2004) was described as

“combining a thoughtful originality of conception with energy and fluidity of execution in very

satisfying proportions” (Jazzwise magazine), and “an auspicious debut, an album that is as mature in

its conception as it is in its execution” (All About Jazz New York).

Will’s second CD, Promises (NineteenEight Records), was described as “impressive” and “coolly

restrained” by Nate Chinen of the New York Times.

2010 saw the release of two CD’s: The World (Through My Shoes), a live recording was described as

“marvelous” by Downbeat and “exhilarating, cascading… outstanding” by Jazz Times. Stockholm

Syndrome (Criss Cross Records) came out in September 2010.

Will has appeared with his own group and as a sideman in the USA, Canada, the UK, France, Germany,

Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Portugal, The Netherlands, Belgium, Austria,

Switzerland, Australia and Japan. His musical experience has not been limited to Jazz. Will is a

member of Rufus Wainwright’s band, which toured for 10 months in 2007/8. He has also performed,

arranged and/or recorded with Sufjan Stevens, Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton and

Harper Simon.

Will’s saxophone playing is executed with incredible power and dramatic sensitivity, and is

characterized by his imposing sound and technique; influenced by saxophonists from Cannonball 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.

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