RED WILLOW is the first recording from North Texas State One O'clock Band alumni SEAN MICHAEL GIDDINGS [p]. Recorded in 2021, the dozen original compositions feature Sam Pankey [b] and Daniel Dufour [drm]. There are many deviations in Giddings' playing and composing. Perhaps the most consistent influence is Vince Guaraldi and Johnny Costa [piano man for Mr. Rogers' TV show]. Some of the tracks add coloring from clavier, harmonium, and orchestral programming. Fortunately, those "extras" do not detract from the CD's charm.