253

Tim Coffman: Crossroads

By

Sign in to view read count
Tim Coffman's sophomore release provides a fine exhibition of how lyrical and soothing a trombone can actually be. Basing his music firmly in the hard bop of the early '60s Jazz Messengers, Coffman and his sextet crisply glide and breeze through a set of hard-driving jazz compositions.

On Wayne Shorter's "Yes or No," and Coffman's title piece, the leader and trumpeter Scott Wendholdt seamlessly weave articulate and facile solos that are thought-provoking, intricate and inviting. Wendholdt's gentle and warm playing grabs the spotlight on Tom Harrell's lovely "Sail Away" and almost runs away with the show on the bluesy, moaning "Step Lightly." Saxophonist Mark Colby adds fine harmony and gives a creatively restrained solo on the intricate "Crossroads."

Throughout the sextet pieces, drummer Bob Rummage is a sharp, precise driving force. But Coffman's brass shines the most on the smaller group pieces. Spotlighted on the quartet sessions, his trombone glistens and warmly caresses "My Old Flame" and J.J. Johnson's "Lament." Lilting on Horace Silver's "Summer in Central Park," the leader makes his instrument romantic and soothing.

With Crossroads, Tim Coffman makes a clear statement: remove your preconceived notions of the trombone. This is an instrument of seduction. Check out this new voice.


Track Listing: Yes or No; Sail Away; Step Lightly; Crossroads; My Old Flame; Summer in Central Park; Sky Dive; Lament; Caravan; Alone Together.

Personnel: Tim Coffman: trombone; Scott Wendholdt: trumpet; Mark Colby: tenor, soprano saxophone; Mike Kocour: piano; Kelly Sill: bass; Bob Rummage: drums.

Title: Crossroads | Year Released: 2006 | Record Label: Blujazz Productions


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Way of It CD/LP/Track Review The Way of It
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Tag Book CD/LP/Track Review Tag Book
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Hide Ye Idols CD/LP/Track Review Hide Ye Idols
by Troy Collins
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Spavati, Mozda Sanjati CD/LP/Track Review Spavati, Mozda Sanjati
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: November 19, 2017
Read Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn CD/LP/Track Review Estonian Suite: Live In Tallinn
by Bruce Lindsay
Published: November 18, 2017
Read Queen City Blues CD/LP/Track Review Queen City Blues
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 18, 2017
Read "Schlitten" CD/LP/Track Review Schlitten
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 24, 2017
Read "Kill Together" CD/LP/Track Review Kill Together
by Geno Thackara
Published: March 12, 2017
Read "Crack-Up" CD/LP/Track Review Crack-Up
by Doug Collette
Published: June 19, 2017
Read "Sunset" CD/LP/Track Review Sunset
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 9, 2017
Read "Sharpener" CD/LP/Track Review Sharpener
by Nick Davies
Published: December 21, 2016
Read "Avalon" CD/LP/Track Review Avalon
by Geno Thackara
Published: May 9, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.

Please support out sponsor