Not since the heyday of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey has the trombone enjoyed widespread acceptance as a band leader's instrument. With only a few exceptions, the last half century has seen trombonists slide from favor as leaders and become more commonly viewed as sidemen. Even genuinely notable artists like J.J. Johnson, Frank Rosolino, Bill Watrous and Slide Hampton never really gained the fame and notoriety afforded their predecessors of the 1930s and '40s. Some believe the trombone's fall from prominence can be attributed to the birth and popularity of bebop (from the mid '40s until the 1960s). ...read more
Clifton Anderson has been on a lifelong journey of artistic evolution. From his start as a child surrounded by a musical family, to formal education mixed with the practical experience of live gigs, Clifton's odyssey is ever-unfolding. Whether playing as a long-standing member of his uncle Sonny Rollins' band, helping to run the Doxy label or leading sessions with his own band, Clifton's life is always happily connected to music.
Chapter Index Early Years And Inspirations Tennis Versus Jazz Formal Education First Gigs Multi-Genre Touch Technology and Bones Landmarks Writing Decade Doxy
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Clifton Anderson has spent almost a quarter-century playing trombone in Sonny Rollins' band, rarely leading his own groups. Decade is Anderson's second release as a leader, utilizing a variety of musicians in different combinations (several of whom are Rollins alumni or sidemen): pianists Larry Willis and Stephen Scott, bassists Bob Cranshaw and Christian McBride, drummers Al Foster and Steve Jordan, saxophonists Kenny Garrett and Eric Wyatt, plus percussionist Kimati Dinizulu. On his own, Anderson has a better chance to showcase himself without the competition from his uncle's long solos, as well as featuring his catchy post-bop compositions. He isn't trying ...read more
Best-known for playing and producing with his famous uncle Sonny Rollins (who gave him his first trombone when he was only seven), trombonist Clifton Anderson is back with Decade, his second album as a leader.
A little more than a decade has, in fact, passed since his first effort. All good things to those who wait, as this new collection of standards and originals is a clear improvement over Landmarks (Milestone, 1996).
The lineup features other talented Rollins' band mates, as well as more famous names including saxophonist Kenny Garrett and bass virtuoso Christian McBride, but ...read more
After a dozen years playing in his uncle's band, 40-year-old trombonist Clifton Anderson steps out of the Sonny Rollins group for Landmarks , his Milestone debut. This is a nice, polished mainstream set which mixes some bop and ballads with a couple standards and (surprise, surprise) a fun calypso. Anderson has an all-star lineup, with Monty Alexander, who's excellent on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, Al Foster on drums and solid guest spots for Wallace Roney on trumpet ("Princess Neh Neh"), Victor See Yuen's percussion ("I Thought It Was Understood") and Kenny Garrett on alto ("Mommy"). If the presence of ...read more
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