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MP3 Anson Wright - State of Grace

Straight ahead jazz trio featuring 3 original compostitions.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (58:11) !
Related styles: JAZZ: Contemporary Jazz, JAZZ: Mainstream Jazz

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"“Wright is a clean player of the Jim Hall school - a fragile melodicist with a chiming tone and flawless chord clusters....this is elegant music.”

Bill Smith
Willamette Week

“Wright’s voice speaks with a thoughtful intelligence, forceful yet relaxed, sure and confident but probing, too, as one expects from a jazz improviser....The Princeton grad’s deconstructions of the three originals and seven jazz standards are careful and coherent....Wright demonstrates this finely honed musical intelligence in the way each solo is put together and in the shape of the tune itself.”

Lynn Darroch
The Oregonian

"...Wright brings us a warm and classic guitar sound on standards like Stella by Starlight, Stolen Moments, Easy Living and Alone Together. Three originals give added luster to an impressive debut album...Remember the name!"

George Fendel
Oregon''s Jazz Magazine

Master guitarist, composer, writer, and educator Anson Wright is a graduate of Princeton who left a doctoral program at Columbia to pursue his artistic visions in the music and literary worlds of New York City. In New York, he composed and performed original music for finger-style guitar as well as completing his novel, Jericho. His formal jazz guitar studies began on the West Coast in clinics with Howard Roberts. Later teachers included guitarists John Stowell and Jerry Hahn as well as veteran pianist Harry Gillgam. Anson has performed throughout the United States and has worked with numerous jazz luminaries, including Grammy nominated vocalist Nancy King. In addition to his jazz playing, Anson’s poetry has been set to modern dance and to music, and his original guitar compositions have been choreographed for modern dance. Anson has taught at numerous schools, including New York University, Pacific University, and Portland Community College. He is an endorsing artist for Hofner guitars.

Anson Wright is one of the small number of jazz artists who have received critical acclaim as writers as well as musicians. Author Anais Nin praised the writing in his novel, Jericho, calling it “bottom of the sea level”. The National Endowment for the Arts provided the funding for his second book, Openings. Anson’s first full-length poetry book, Sandstone Monastery, was released in 2004. Poems from Sandstone Monastery were set to music in the 2008 CD, The Sky At Our Feet.

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