Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Outstanding recording by an original, if quirky, player
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have the LP of this and will buy the CD promptly. This is a very early 1960s recording by an alto player unknown to me before this album. To put Mr. Anderza in some context, I'd say that he's a little like a Republican Eric Dolphy -- schooled and advanced harmonically, but polite and good-natured about using his advanced abilities. It's fun stuff, however, whether your harmonic sensibilities lean towards Dolphy or Carter. And based on the names I've invoked, you might correctly guess that Mr. Anderza's tone is good. (No "I wish I were Trane, but I won't be in a zillion years" Primal Squeals that would send M. Selmer packing here, thank God.)Jack Wilson, a good player, handles the piano. He also plays some harpsichord, which I guess was a fairly well-tuned (for once) piece of furniture that happened to be in the studio that day. It's fun without being a gimmick.This is a good record. I'm afraid that I don't know what happened to this man (perhaps t! ! he CD liner notes will tell us), but it's too bad that Mr. Anderza did not grace us with more of his music (or maybe I'm just an idiot and he did)."
What ever happened to Earl Anderza?
Doris Newman | Portland, OR | 06/30/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is excellent and makes you wonder why this great alto player was never heard from again. In fact I have never even seen his name on another piece of jazz music--not even as a sideman. This disc makes you want more. If anyone knows what happened to this man, a lot of jazz fans would love to know. I recommend this CD to all jazz collectors. Anderza had a very unique style and a superb command of the altissimo register of the alto sax."
A true alto legend
Michelizzo | Italy | 04/09/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I agree with what is said in the other reviews of this CD here. I'd like to add that is a fantastic album, all the tunes are played brilliantly, all the musicians are wonderful-I have since bought all the available CDs of pianist Jack Wilson, though they are very hard to find for some reason. He is a master pianist and it's a shame more people haven't heard of him. His lines are superb and his sense of swing is as good as Oscar Peterson's!
As for Anderza, whom I rate as one of my all-time favorite alto sax players, along with Cannonball Adderley, Phil Woods and Vincent Herring, all his fans ask the same, big question: what in the world happened to him? Why did he make one (brilliant) record, then vanish? Incidentally, I put this question to respected jazz critic Dan Morgenstern recently, and he too had no idea what happened to this unique player-and let's not forget composer as well. His own compositions on the album Outa Sight, Freeway and Benign, are highlights.
I srongly recommend this album to all jazz lovers!"