Anthony Wilson: Mezcal




Anthony Wilson (guitar)


Jack Of Hearts (GRV 1046)

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Anthony Wilson (guitar),

Larry Goldings (organ), Jim Keltner (drums)


Composed by Anthony Wilson & Larry Goldings


Recorded: Hollywood, CA, January 27th & 28th, 2009


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Picture yourself in a dusty Mexican bar, where the tequila flows freely and the crowd is in the mood to boogie. In the corner, across the sawdust strewn floor is a trio in their own zone. A well-worn Hammond B-3 with some twirling Leslie speakers, a honey toned vintage Gibson guitar and a simple set of drums. They seem strangely out of place here, except that they have the crowd of locals on their feet, yelping and shaking their booties to the infectious beat. Did I mention the tequila was flowing freely?

Although this track was played in January somewhere in Hollywood, guitarist Anthony Wilson has captured this feeling with an understated style that is rooted in the blues and the jazz guitar/organ trio tradition. On “Mezcal”, behind the pulsating organ accompaniment of Larry Goldings and the heavy backbeat sound of session drummer Jim Keltner, Wilson shows off some facile octave phrasing. Goldings, master of the B3, makes his instrument sing with a decidedly time warped sound. Old reliable Keltner keeps the beat rock steady as the trio grooves a la Medeski, Martin & Wood. A fun south of the border diversion from a January in LA.

Reviewer: Ralph A. Miriello

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