TAS Recommended! Rated a 'Best Audiophile Label Recording' in the November 2009 issue of The Absolute Sound!
Recorded direct to 2-track pure analogue in the legendary Oceanway Studio A in Hollywood!
A possible breakout album for Anthony Wilson, this organ trio with the superb Larry Goldings on B3 features two of the finest drummers working today - half the tunes are with the swinging Jeff Hamilton on drums and the rest session drummer par excellence Jim Keltner who lays down some truly great percussion. Aside from Wilson's exploration of Latin, south of the border influences, the recording features unique performances of music by Ellington, Hawkins, Jerry Goldsmith and Van Dyke Parks.
Recorded direct to 2-track pure analogue in the legendary Oceanway Studio A in Hollywood on January 27 and 28, 2009.
"Jack of Hearts is straight ahead jazz, served classic trio style. Anthony Wilson is a great guitarist, who plays with a light touch and an exquisite sense of space on "Clark and Old Fender amps." Trio partner Larry Goldrings brings an equal level of tastiness to the Hammond B-3, mixed in with Jim Keltner and Jeff Hamilton on drums to round out the group. The disc has a nice mixture of jazz standards from Ellington, Hawkins and Parks, with the remaining half of the disc Wilson originals." – Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, July 2009
"There's an organic, analog feel throughout, giving the disc an intimacy and lively nature... The blending of Wilson and Goldings with the two drummers makes this a winner." - George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon
"Sonically, you get everything you could hope for in a Michael C. Ross Oceanway live to two track analog production. There are sonic riches galore from the to-salivate-from Hammond B-3 organ with its big, fat warm bass lines to the warm, round yet precise electric guitar lines and the woody, cracklin' rim shots snappy snares, punchy cymbals and cataclysmic kick drum explosions. Ross is going for impact not soundstaging or three guys playing in the distance in a big room, so expect a big drum kit spread across the stage and room-filling man-sized images." - Michael Fremer, Music Angle, rated 8/10 for music, 9/10 for sound!
"...crank it up and enjoy this not-so-guilty, below the neck retro-pleasure fest. Yes the CD layer sounds pretty good and the SACD even better, particularly in the air and atmosphere department but for the full effect, do insist upon the double 45 rpm version. It's the biggest and the best bang for your (extra few) bucks!" - Michael Fremer, Music Angle, rated 8/10 for music, 9/10 for sound!