Subtle Fire spans the gamut of emotions, from molten, muscular, and fiery to cool, cerebral, and other-worldly. It’s a joy ride to both the future and the past. The synergy of this trio allows me to experience the very limits of my musical imagination with comfort and ease.

– Steve Kirby, bassist

Subtle Fire is no ordinary debut. Will Bonness is a brilliant player, and bassist Steve Kirby and drummer Terreon Gully deepen and extend his expressive range on cut after cut. This is musical conversation at the highest level—smart, sensitive, profound, and absolutely exciting.

– Ross Porter, JAZZ.FM91

Will Bonness has a passionate, driven sense of lyricism and melody that is intertwined with great attention to subtleties. He sounds like himself, while its clear how much he has absorbed of his influences. I look forward to watching his career develop and expand – he is a musician that deserves to be heard!

– Taylor Eigsti, GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist

On Subtle Fire, Will Bonness showcases his immense technique, excellent compositions, and a creative style of arrangements that strongly engage the listener, while leaving room for much musical exploration. He is a truly great musician that is destined to have a broad impact on the jazz world.

– Taylor Eigsti, GRAMMY-winning jazz pianist

Bonness’s nine-track disc finds him driving on one tune, introspective on the next, clearly playing with a vision whatever the tempo.

– Winnipeg Free Press

A new star on the horizon, Bonness impressed the crowd at the Scène TD stage.

– Jazz Police

Local jazz pianist Will Bonness has become a city staple since first performing 10 years ago.

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Smith, Chris. “Talented young Winnipeggers’ CDs on launch pad.” Winnipeg Free Press 9 Nov. 2009.
Smith, Chris. “Will Bonness gets invite to all-star jam.” Winnipeg Free Press 28 Apr. 2014.