Franklin County musicians have released a number of albums recently. In the coming weeks, we'll introduce several of them here and on the new AAC/WLFE Feature Artist Showcase on radio WLFE.

      The AAC/WLFE Feature Artist Showcase broadcasts cuts from the Featured Album on Fridays at 8:40 a.m. on Corey Cranston's show on WWSR-1420 AM. Country albums appear on Matt Henry's show on WLFE-102.3 FM


     "I've had this idea of redefining the classic bop combo." Will said. He uses guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass to play hard, swinging jazz. At the same time, he is attracted to the romantic, bluesy sound of Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy jazz tradition, to the rhythms of the samba and the bossa nova, and to the ancient musical form of Choro. For the last five years, he has extended the mandolin in Jazz and Brazilian music and has blended all these influences into a new album, Latitudes and Departures. The CD is the AAC Feature Album of the Week and will be featured at CD release parties tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the Kept Writer and Sunday at 3 p.m. at Borders Books & Music in Burlington.
      Will's music brings people to concert halls and to "parks in the evenings playing these wonderful melodies." Those concert halls and parks are in Rio de Janeiro, Philadelphia and Paris, New York and Los Angeles, Montreal and here in Franklin County. He has also played in many of the better known local bands and was featured in the Got Milk-Summer Sounds lineup. His bands have opened for Van Morrison, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Santana, Earl Scruggs, John McLaughlin, and Toots Thielemans. Joining him on the CD are VSO violinist David Gusakov, music professor and guitarist Steve Blair, and teacher and flutist Tom Steele who also played with Will in the John Cassel band.
      Will returned last week from the annual Classical Mandolin Society of America convention where he rubbed strings with "the world's best collection of mandolin players ever under one roof" and shopped for a label.
      In real life, he is a surveyor with Cross Engineering. "Latitudes and Departures" is also a surveying term "which has real resonance for me," he said. I'm an engineer in real life, so I too like the clean, geometric layout of the album cover. Latitudes and Departures is available at Jeff's Seafood, the Kept Writer, Barnes and Noble, Pure Pop,, and through Will's own website

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