MAKE MOVES 12 - Part 2 feat. Anthony Wilson, guitarist, composer, arranger, and creative wanderer who follows his ears. Anthony describes his early childhood fascination with music and sketches out the balancing act of being a free spirit and a disciplined practitioner of music. Anthony reveals some candid thoughts with John about his father-son relationship with Gerald Wilson, the great jazz luminary. There is some nuanced and slightly heady conversation about the movement of individual voices throughout harmonic structures. Anthony describes the various stages of his musical education, including the things he learned about the guitar from legendary guitar teacher Ted Greene. The interview closes with some soul searching statements about taking creative risk and being artistically vulnerable.
With Anthony's permission, episode 12 part 2 features a portion of the songs Arcadia and Shabby Bird, which are off his most recent album Frogtown.
MAKE MOVES 12 - Part 1 feat. Anthony Wilson, guitarist, composer, and creative wanderer who follows his ears. In Part 1 of this episode, Anthony gives a broad overview of his wide ranging career, explains why his creative compass required him to dismantle his jazz identity, and he unpacks his approach to writing and arranging music so that solos emerge out of the context of the song. Anthony discusses his role as a sideman to many hugely famous artists and talks through an example of how his musical relationship with Diana Krall shifted from sideman to contributor. Finally, Anthony discusses the motivation behind his newest album Frogtown, which leads into some deep conversation about his family and childhood, as well as a fascinating perspective on how he incorporates stories and the narrative-form into his songwriting.
With Anthony's permission, episode 12 part 1 features a portion of the song Hymn, which Anthony wrote for his nonette, and bit of the song Our Affair off of his album Frogtown.