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Nagel Heyer Records

By Published: September 28, 2004
A brass section of NYC based label mates that includes trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, trumpeter Marcus Printup and tenorist Wayne Escoffery continues to redefine the mainstream. Escoffery has come up a winner with his second release, Intuition. He leads a strong quintet consisting of trumpeter Jeremy Pelt and drummer Ralph Peterson through a program that includes swingers and mellower refrains that reveal a player with technical mastery and a soul that belies his years. Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra alum Gordon, boasts four CDs on Nagel Heyer. His first, Slidin Home , is a tour-de-force that displays his ability to make the T-bone snarl, howl and caress as he takes advantage of the instrument's multiple vocal capabilities. His latest, The Joyride , adds tuba, trumpet and piano to his arsenal as he, along with clarinetist/saxman Victor Goines present nine original compositions that touch on a potpourri of styles. Printup, himself an LCJO member, has debuted on Nagel Heyer with a sextet recording, The New Boogaloo. Pairing Gordon with fellow LCJO player, tenorist Walter Blanding gives Printup's originals a full sound. At Nagel Heyer, familiarity continues to breed collaboration as Printup and Gordon have teamed with vibraphonist Joe Locke to join guitarist Melvin Henderson's Paradigm Shift Trio for the soulfully satisfying Shifting Times.

A project that perhaps augurs the boldest direction to date is The Mainstream meets the New Music. Led by Randy Sandke, it places Nagel Heyer stalwarts Ken Peplowski and Wycliffe Gordon in the context of the new music and vice versa. Sandke has enlisted multi saxophonist Scott Robinson and premiere downtown NYC composer/players: pianist Uri Caine, bassist Greg Cohen and reedman Marty Ehrlich, to create an innovative romp through captivating colorations. Billing themselves The Inside Out Jazz Collective, and including a version of Ellington's "Creole Love Call" that takes Duke for a downtown ride, Nagel Heyer has shown that when the Mainstream does meet the new music, the outcome can be a most fulfilling exchange.

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