Besides his physical similarity to Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, Wess Anderson plays the alto saxophone with rapture and ardor, and a sense of breaking the blues down to street level that makes his a crowd-pleasing presence on any bandstand. Which is why his first recording for the Dallas-based indy label Leaning House was appropriately recorded at the Vanguard. Anderson is on record preferring live recordings, gladly swapping the ultra-control of the studio for the immediacy of the bandstand any day. And he does so with great eagerness on this rewarding disc, even dropping a little Adderley science along the way, in the guise of “Dis Here.”
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