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Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets + 2: Echoes of Ethnicity

Read "Echoes of Ethnicity" reviewed by Woodrow Wilkins

Big band music is alive and well, even if presented by a not-so-big band. Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets is a six-piece ensemble, supported by four additional players for Echoes of Ethnicity. The basic lineup consists of Gardner on trumpet and flugelhorn, brother Vincent on trombone, tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon, pianist Rick Roe, bassist Gerald Cannon and drummer Donald Edwards. Derrick Gardner has led The Jazz Prophets since its inception in 1991 and counts among his influences ...

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Derrick Gardner and The Jazz Prophets: A Ride to the Other Side

Read "A Ride to the Other Side" reviewed by John Barron

Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, former sideman to the orchestras of Count Basie and Harry Connick Jr., founded The Jazz Prophets upon arriving in New York City in 1991. With swinging arrangements and soulful soloing, the hard-bopping sextet takes its lead from the classic sounds of 1950s and ‘60s ensembles led by Art Blakey and Horace Silver. For A Ride to the Other Side, Gardner is joined by trombonist and brother Vincent Gardner, tenor saxophonist Rob Dixon, pianist Anthony Wonsey, ...