ANDY ATWILL: 3 Sides of the Same Coin
By Michael Flynn
Arranger, composer and performer Andy Atwill has a considerable biography and earns the ‘genius’ tag from many who work with him. He has studied under and played with some of the greats in music – Pat Metheny, Miroslav Vitous, George Russell, Ray Charles and Bo Diddley to name just a few. It is no surprise then that this talented composer should produce an album as big, bold and diverse as this. The compositions are exciting and varied, drawing on Latin, bebop, big band, fusion, ballads, and free jazz. ‘3 Sides of the Same Coin’ was a project five years in the making, and the album contains not only a broad range of music but also features an abundance of wonderful performances from the many artists taking part, musicians and vocalists. Too many to mention for a review of this size and an album of such proportions, but one should acknowledge the tremendous sax playing by co-producer Greg Heath (alongside Kere Buchanan) throughout the album. Andy Atwill’s own wonderful bass too, along with and his exceptional arrangements, makes this an impressive album and one that is well worth exploring.