When it came to handling a slide trombone, the late Frank Rosolino set the gold standard. Few players have managed even to come close to emulating what the incredible Mr. Rosolino was able to do. One who has is Andy Martin, an heir-apparent to Rosolino, Carl Fontana, J.J. Johnson and other acrobatic savants of the slide. True, the attack isn't as clean as Rosolino's (who remains in a class by himself), nor is there as much double and triple-tonguing, staples of Frank's matchless arsenal, but as bandleader/arranger Gordon Goodwin points out, Martin ...makes [playing the trombone] sound so easy.... His ...read more
If by All--Stars" Vic Lewis means a world--class rhythm section backing three superb front--liners, then he's squarely on the mark, as With Love to Gerry (Mulligan, of course) embodies exactly that. There are two exceptions, the opening Noblesse," performed by an a cappella trombone choir" (actually, Andy Martin overdubbed), and the luminous Ballade," handsomely shaped by Christian Jacob's unaccompanied piano. Martin, one of the West Coast's (and the world's) stellar young trombonists, is partnered the rest of the way by another self--reliant 'bone specialist, Bob McChesney, and the vastly underrated trumpeter Bob Summers. The compositions are Mulligan's, the charts by ...read more
For a band to play Gerry Mulligan’s music well all they need is a sophisticated horn section with an unerring sense of rhythm, a core of intelligent soloists with a wide range of stylistic knowledge, and a fluent rhythm section that can accompany with both vigor and taste. Vic Lewis and the West Coast All-Stars measure up to this demanding description on their new release With Love To Gerry.
Baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan was not only a great musician, he was also one of jazz’s outstanding composers, arrangers, and bandleaders. While still in high school he was arranging for professional ...read more