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David Gibson: End Of The Tunnel (2011)

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The second release for trombonist David Gibson's quartet, End Of The Tunnel, is a return to the ever popular soul-jazz genre. As with his previous disc, A Little Somethin' (Posi-Tone, 2009), Gibson and organist Jared Gold
Jared Gold
Jared Gold

organ, Hammond B3
share a love for that infectious 1960s organ combo sound.

This disc also continues with the same lineup, and why not keep going? The music just feels so good; a sound that began in African-American churches but was ultimately incorporated into night clubs acts by the likes of Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
Jimmy Smith
1925 - 2005
organ, Hammond B3
, Big John Patton
Big John Patton
Big John Patton
1935 - 2002
organ, Hammond B3
, Jimmy McGriff
Jimmy McGriff
Jimmy McGriff
1936 - 2008
organ, Hammond B3
, Baby Face Willette
Baby Face Willette
Baby Face Willette
b.1933
organ, Hammond B3
and Jack McDuff
Jack McDuff
Jack McDuff
1926 - 2001
organ, Hammond B3
.

Soul-jazz music also had an influence beyond clubs, as this recording reflects. The opening track, Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
's "Blind Man, Blind Man," sizzles, with Gibson playing the role of trombonist Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
Grachan Moncur III
b.1937
trombone
from the original. The band has a flair for the slow burn, and Gibson follows up with a piece of Head Hunter groove, mimicking Hancock's "Chameleon" with his own "Wasabi." The quartet keeps one foot in the '60s, the other steps in territory currently held by Stanton Moore
Stanton Moore
Stanton Moore
b.1972
drums
's funk band Galactic.

Gibson's writing and arrangements bring the music back to the sanctified with the balladic "A Place Of Our Own" and serves up a mini-tribute to Horace Silver
Horace Silver
Horace Silver
1928 - 2014
piano
on "Preachin." Giving the nod to Julius Tolentino
Julius Tolentino
Julius Tolentino
b.1975
sax, alto
on "The In-Whim," the alto saxophonist takes an impressive outward pass at the track, before the band quiets down for the Gibson's soulful turn taken.

The disc ends with Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
Jackie McLean
1932 - 2006
sax, alto
's "Blue Rondo," as Gibson once again picks up Moncur's trombone line and trades licks with Tolentino before drummer Quincy Davis' solo on a disc filled with plenty of sizzle and pop.

Track Listing: Blind Man, Blind Man; Wasabi; Sunday Morning; End of the Tunnel; A Place of Our Own; Splat!; The In-Whim; Preachin'; Blue Rondo.

Personnel: David Gibson: trombone; Julius Tolentino: alto saxophone; Jared Gold: organ; Quincy Davis: drums.

Record Label: Posi-Tone Records

Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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