Wilson/Lee/Bentley trio is a fully co-operative group
formed by three veterans of the Vancouver creative music scene, Tony Wilson
on guitar, Peggy Lee on cello and Jon Bentley on saxophones. Each musician
has brought his/her compositional material to create Escondido Dreams
and each performs a variety of functions within the group, from soloistic
to accompaniment, melodic to colouristic and/or harmonic. This trio runs
the gamut on their debut release from the more spacious and reflective
episodes to their driving rhythms, soaring melodies and fierce improvisations
in which they pack the punch of a large ensemble.
Vancouver's Coastal Jazz and Blues hails him as "unquestionably one
of the most original guitar stylists on the Canadian scene. Down
Beat Magazine entitles him as "...a talismanic West Coast figure."
Tony Wilson has studied with many acclaimed jazz musicians
including Dave Holland, John Abercrombie, Kevin Eubanks and Steve Coleman
and has shared the stage with well know international artists such as
William Parker, Gerry Hemingway, Han Bennink, Toby Delius, Benoit Delbecq
& Eric Boeren.
Vancouver-based cellist Peggy Lee plays the field between
jazz and new music, currently receiving international recognition as one
of Vancouver's finest improvisers. Upon arriving in Vancouver in 1989,
Peggy Lee has participated in numerous creative projects. She is a member
of Talking Pictures and Standing Wave, a new music ensemble dedicated
to performing new written works by Canadian composers. Other performance
collaborations include work with keyboardist Wayne Horvitz, trumpeter
Dave Douglas, guitarist Nels Cline (Wilco) and guitarist Bill Frisell.
Jon Bentley (saxophone) is a versatile musician, performing
and recording in many genres of music both as a leader and a sideman.
He has recorded and performed in concerts with musicians such as Kenny
Wheeler, Seamus Blake, Dave Douglas, Mark Helias, Brad Turner, Oliver
Lake and The Temptations. Bentley has released two albums as a leader:
Jon Bentley Quintet: Motions and Diversions: American
"...a gorgeous release."
"...the album drips with relentless
energy..." - Gaz-Eta
"...a career highlight for guitarist Wilson and cellist
Lee." - Eye Weekly
"...rich in stylistic range."
"...a distinct sound that will appeal to fans of both free-improv
and the ever-growing contemporary third-stream scene."
- Left Hip Magazine
"...a refreshing dose of exciting rist-taking."
- La Scena Musicale
Review: All About Jazz
Left Hip Magazine
Review: Paris Transatlantic Magazine
Review: Eye Weekly (Scroll down a bit!)