'Bill Coon is one of this country's best kept secrets... this former Montreal guitarist has earned high respect from musicians and fans alike for his exceptional playing.' Ross Porter, Host, After Hours, CBC Radio ' When I think of Ed Bickert, Oliver Gannon and now Bill Coon, the common qualities that spring to mind are understatement, supportiveness and boldness laced with a healthy dose of humility. Coon's latest is a smorgasbord for attentive ears and devotees of the genre.' Charles Winokoor, Cadence Magazine What is Speakeasy? Jazz guitarist Bill Coon's much anticipated trio recording conveys many moods, from the bittersweet Autumn Leaves to the bop inspired Speakeasy. Bill's beautiful sound and mastery of the guitar is evident throughout the entire album - a wonderful collection of original and standard tunes. The trio showcases the marvelous interaction between the players as well as their outstanding solo abilities. Tenor saxophonist Ross Taggart is featured on four tracks, complementing the trio with his warm sound and killer playing. Who plays on the CD? Darren Radtke is one of Canada's most lyrical bassists. He is a first-rate soloist as well as a superlative accompanist. The same can be said for Dave Robbins who brings his wide range of experience and fantastic musicality to the group. Juno award winner Ross Taggart's gorgeous tenor sound and exciting solos full of warmth and humour are a wonderful addition to the group. Led by the well-known guitarist Bill Coon, the group showcases his abilities as both a performer and a composer. 'Bill is an amazing guitar player with a wickedly sensitive touch and a very confident sense of swing. He has a CD called Speakeasy that is a must have for any serious jazz fan.' Cory Weeds Jazz musician & owner of the Cellar Jazz Club 'Take 'Autumn Leaves' with it's Jim Hall-like pacing and restrained exuberance; it hands-down ranks as one of the most original versions I've yet heard.' Charles Winokoor, Cadence Magazine 'Bill Coon is a superb guitarist...a wonderful player who gets better and better each time I see him. In addition to being a wonderful entertainer, Bill is also a talented arranger and composer. So, if you have the opportunity to see Bill Coon in concert, do so...I guarantee you won't be disappointed.' Rick Cluff, Host, The Early Edition, CBC Radio One '...he's clearly from the less-is-more school of jazz performers, never settling for an easy spray of notes when a well-chosen handful will do.' Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight.