Seattle born pianist, Bill Anschell, now makes Atlanta his home. Many will recall his fine work on the Miles Osland CD "An Old Speckled Hen at Snapes Malting". The record brought many rave reviews. Bill's new CD brings together Rick Bell-tenor sax, Scott Sawyer - guitar, Neal Stankey - bass and the stunning drummer Woody Williams. Six of the nine cuts are Anschell's own compositions plus Street of Dreams (Young/Lewis), Solar (Davis) and Nowhere Man (Lennon/McCartney). Bill Anschell's virtuosity demands that you perk up and listen. He is at times frantic, nostalgic, humorous or as gentle as a light rain.
His approach to Victor Young's legendary "Street of Dreams" is the most unusual I have ever heard. Never losing the wonderful melody, he inserts the fireworks of percussionist Woody Williams entirely without intrusion. "Beignet Boogie", though quite a fresh Anschell composition, reminded me of some of the works of Raymond Scott, a man who, in the 1930s was way ahead of his time with such tunes as "Powerhouse". The haunting "Stories We Hold" and "Lullaby for Sam" exhibit the gentler side of a most versatile pianist. This record is certainly worth a listen.