CD Review: Gary Willis "Larger Than Life"

Gary Willis’ expressive new album skips the formalities and gets right down to business with his opening track, “The Professionals,” which displays his powerful fretless tone and his skill to emote through it.
By Jon D'Auria ,

Gary Willis’ expressive new album skips the formalities and gets right down to business with his opening track, “The Professionals,” which displays his powerful fretless tone and his skill to emote through it. While the casual listener will enjoy his beautifully funky, jazzy, and fusion-flavored compositions, bassists will marvel at Willis’ effortless virtuosity. In dishing layers of intricate phrasings, avant-garde arrangements, and playful harmonics layered over odd time signatures, Willis reminds us why he is always on the forefront of elevating the range of the fretless bass.