Vincent Gardner: Three-Five (2010)
Seven of the nine tracks are from a sterling sextet with brother Derrick Gardner (trumpet), Mark Gross (alto and soprano sax), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Greg Williams (bass) and the inventive drummer Ali Jackson. All arrangements are by the leader and include a Bobby Timmons' "Dat Dere" deftly waltzed with tango accents; Lee Morgan's "Morgan the Pirate" in lilting swing; Tommy Turrentine's "Long As Your Living" in a fleet, swing-feel 5/4 contrasted with James Black's "Wee Dee" as rocking mid-tempo 5/4; Wayne Shorter's "Sweet 'N' Sour" as a bright waltz and Bobby Hutcherson's "Little B's Poem" kept in an oddly accented 4/4. Shorter's sinuous "Iris" is a trombone-with-rhythm track with a slow, vaguely 3/4 feel. And "I'll Never Smile Again" takes a cue from the late Richie Powell's hard bop revampings of standards like "I'll Remember April" for Clifford Brown and Max Roach, with Gross laying out and the two brothers voicing the crackling fast theme.
Track Listing: Sweet 'n' Sour; Valse Hot; Dat Dere; Iris; Long As You're Living; Dee Wee; Little B's Poem; Morgan The Pirate; I'll Never Smile Again.
Personnel: Derrick Gardner: trumpet; Vincent Gardner: trombone; Aaron Goldberg: piano; Mark Gross: alto sax; Ali Jackson: drums; Greg Williams: bass.
Record Label: SteepleChase Records