All About Jazz

Home » Articles » CD/LP/Track Review

Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...

346

Marshall Gilkes: Lost Words

Jerry D'Souza By

Sign in to view read count
Every good musician deserves favor, and trombonist Marshall Gilkes has found his with the Maria Schneider Orchestra, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Chico O'Farrill and Machito among others. His presence in such ensembles is easily justified by his ability to blend in as part of the band, and the fact that his technique is suited to many different grooves and styles.

In between gigs, Gilkes found enough time to write all but one of the tunes that went onto his debut recording Edenderry (Alternate Side, 2005). He goes one better on this, his second as a leader, composing all seven pieces along with an introduction to the opener: "The Crossover."

The writing reflects not only a straight-ahead vision, but also an eye for Latin and Gospel influences. His melodies cock the ear of the listener, and he proceeds to nail that interest as he develops and fills out the theme with cogent ideas. This ability is his greatest attribute.

Gilkes' facility with Latin music is showcased on "Lost Words." The bright atmosphere is unveiled by Jon Cowherd on the piano before the beat is pulled back; the slight shifts of momentum and pulse—a trait that Gilkes is fond of—make for a rather captivating exposition of the tune. While Cowherd ferments ideas through a bank of fluid runs, Gilkes is introspective, letting the melody build seductively before pulling in a martial rhythm. It's a nice one indeed.

The quintet profile their technique on "Five Nights," which moves from 5/4 to a 6/4 beat. It is a layered composition and the band builds it well enough, but the spark of creativity that sits up and strikes the listener is missing. As much as concept may be appreciated, it is the overall impact that counts, and this doesn't make much of one.

"What's Next" turns it all around. The band is in its element complementing each other, opening ideas that can be extended, and being continuously creative. Cowherd and trumpeter Michael Rodriguez define their solos well, but it is Gilkes who takes it all out with robust energy and drive.

A couple of lulls don't dampen the open road that lies ahead for Gilkes.

Track Listing: Crossover Intro; The Crossover; Late Arrival; Lost Words; Five Nights; Titeuf; What's Next; End in Sight.

Personnel: Marshall Gilkes: trombone; Michael Rodriguez: trumpet and flugelhorn; Jon Cowherd: piano; Yasushi Nakamura: bass; Clarence Penn: drums.

Title: Lost Words | Year Released: 2008 | Record Label: Alternate Side Records

Tags

comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

CD/LP/Track Review
Interviews
CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Always Forward

Always Forward

Alternate Side Records
2018

buy
Koln

Koln

OA2 Records
2015

buy
Köln

Köln

Alternate Side Records
2015

buy
Sound Stories

Sound Stories

Alternate Side Records
2012

buy
Lost Words

Lost Words

Alternate Side Records
2008

buy
Edenderry

Edenderry

Alternate Side Records
2005

buy

Related Articles

Read Fearless And Kind CD/LP/Track Review
Fearless And Kind
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read 25th Anniversary Project CD/LP/Track Review
25th Anniversary Project
by Jack Bowers
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Any Day Now CD/LP/Track Review
Any Day Now
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Adrift CD/LP/Track Review
Adrift
by Roger Farbey
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Folkjazz from Finland CD/LP/Track Review
Folkjazz from Finland
by Anthony Shaw
Published: November 14, 2018
Read Circulate Susanna CD/LP/Track Review
Circulate Susanna
by Karl Ackermann
Published: November 13, 2018
Read "La Fenice" CD/LP/Track Review La Fenice
by Mike Jurkovic
Published: November 6, 2018
Read "Prisma" CD/LP/Track Review Prisma
by Ian Patterson
Published: June 19, 2018
Read "Symbol Systems" CD/LP/Track Review Symbol Systems
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: June 11, 2018
Read "Folkjazz from Finland" CD/LP/Track Review Folkjazz from Finland
by Anthony Shaw
Published: November 14, 2018
Read "The Literature" CD/LP/Track Review The Literature
by Karl Ackermann
Published: August 3, 2018
Read "Guasábara Puerto Rico" CD/LP/Track Review Guasábara Puerto Rico
by Mark Sullivan
Published: July 24, 2018