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by Edward Blanco
The Kitano New York Hotel, in midtown Manhattan, offers one of the city's most intimate jazz lounge settings, and it is in this boutique hotel that trombonist Bill Cantrall follows up his critically acclaimed debut, Axiom (Up Swing, 2008), with an audacious second effort simply titled Live at the Kitano. Enlisting a core quintet group as he did on his first album, Cantrall's Axiom band contains many of the same players and includes alto saxophonist Mike DiRubbo and trumpeter Freddie ...read more
by Woodrow Wilkins
In mathematics, an axiom is a proposition that is assumed to be true without proof--used for the sake of study. In music, it can be accepted as truth with proof that a band with four horns, piano, bass and drums will create an excellent sound.Trombonist and composer Bill Cantrall performed in Chicago with salsa groups, big bands and sat in with other musicians. After moving to New York, the New Jersey native pursued a master's ... read more
by Edward Blanco
New York-based trombonist and composer Bill Cantrall, without an extensive recording resume, may not be well-known, but Axiom, his debut as leader, will change that in dramatic fashion. This is an impressive first effort for Cantrall, who successfully crafts a hard-swinging post bop repertoire of exciting originals and uncommon standards, given re-worked arrangements that make them sound almost new.
He does this with a stellar cast of players in a septet including a four-horn front line, producing a ...read more