Aubrey Wilson Quartet – Honeysuckle Rose
Aubrey Wilson brings her dulcet voice to a fresh pop-funk arrangement of the classic, driven by some sharp electric guitar. “Nature Boy” opens her album of vintage songs, continuing with a moody contemporary take on Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose,” making straight-ahead jazz and jazz-inflected pop on the way to the album’s conclusion, a teasing rendition of The Beatles’ “Norwegian Wood.”
Dave Luhrssen – Shepherd Express
A little pomo, a little cabaret and a lot of jazz weaving in and out, this set sounds like it never met a boundary line it felt couldn't be trampled. Tasty stuff that grabs you from behind and doesn't let go.
Chris Spector – Midwest Record
In many ways, Aubrey Wilson was born to be a musician. Growing up, Wilson was immersed in jazz, soul, and show tunes without even knowing it; her father, a singer, was part of a successful barbershop quartet, which toured across Canada and the United States. Being around so much music – and accompanying her vocalist father to many of his shows – Wilson developed a natural affinity for performing. In addition to singing, she danced from a young age, performed with her high school jazz band, and, when deciding on her post-secondary education, elected to attend Mohawk College’s Applied Music program, where she studied with Carol McCartney and Bob Shields. It was also at Mohawk that she met the other three members of her band: keyboardist Chris Bruder, bassist Tom Altobelli, and drummer Sean Bruce Parker.
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