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Wycliffe Gordon: What This is All About

Read "Wycliffe Gordon: What This is All About" reviewed by Esther Berlanga-Ryan

Versatility is an important part of a well-developed artistic soul. The arts provide a wide range of outlets of expression that can be nurtured and grown into their finest results. Music could very well be a reason to believe in the extraordinary, and jazz musicians are no exception; they might even be a norm. It is the dream of every artist to create freely, as improvised notes are gathered in an instrument and then exposed to the world at a ...

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Wycliffe Gordon: Keeping the Spirit and the Letter Alive

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Wycliffe Gordon is one of the busiest jazz trombone players in the business today. He has traveled the world performing with the Wynton Marsalis Septet and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, under his own name and as a duo with Jay Leonhart. As an educator he has performed and taught master classes at various schools.

All About Jazz: You started trombone at age 12. Did you study music formally? Wycliffe Gordon: I started trombone ...

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Wycliffe Gordon / Eric Reed: We 2

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WyclifWycliffe Gordon and Eric Reed give one of the best jazz performances of 2007 in this expressive and highly creative program of eleven familiar pieces. Armstrong, Ellington, Sinatra, Monk and Stevie Wonder are represented with deep respect and musical purity; yet, both artists carve into the modern mainstream with free-flowing thoughts. Gordon and Reed came onto the modern jazz scene at about the same time, but from different geographical directions. Musically, they've pursued the same goals while ...

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Wycliffe Gordon and Jay Leonhart: This Rhythm On My Mind

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Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and bassist/vocalist Jay Leonhart went into the recording studio and pulled off a plum with This Rhythm On My Mind. Using original material written by both, as well as two jazz standards, the duo successfully blended their individual skills and similar senses of humor. There are many magic moments. For example, Gordon's vocal-- á la Louis Armstrong-- on the title track or Leonhart doing his own lyric to Eddie Harris' “Freedom Jazz Dance with ...

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Wycliffe Gordon / Jay Leonhart: This Rhythm On My Mind

Read "This Rhythm On My Mind" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Sometimes jazz as art does not have to solve the world's problems, just bring a bit of joy to an otherwise tired and dismayed soul, especially in this day and age. This Rhythm On My Mind--an antidote to the mundane and the depressing--accomplishes just that, but instead of using, say, energy to conquer the blues, it blows fresh air and spreads sunshine. Comparing trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, who also plays tuba and didjeridoo, to Louis Armstrong is a ...

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Wycliffe Gordon and Jay Leonhart: This Rhythm On My Mind

Read "This Rhythm On My Mind" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone

File under: Louis Armstrong meets Jack Teagarden redux! That description is accurate with respect to the vibe of the recording, but not the instrumentation: the two musicians featured here play the trombone and acoustic bass, respectively. Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon, a much in-demand musician who has toiled in various Wynton Marsalis organizations over the past decade or so, joins forces with one of the most popular bassists in jazz, Jay Leonhart.

They have formed a musical cooperative, on this ...

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Wycliffe Gordon and Jay Leonhart: Humor in Harmony

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At first, über-bassist Jay Leonhart and acclaimed trombonist Wycliffe Gordon seem an unlikely pair. Visually, they look like the Anglo poet and the star linebacker; chronologically, they're at least a generation apart. But they are both immensely talented, and their personal and musical rapport transcends any other differences between them. As relaxed and amiable as the oldest of friends, they trade their superb musicianship as naturally as conversation. They also share a sense of humor that sparkles like dry champagne. ...

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Wycliffe Gordon and Jay Leonhart: This Rhythm On My Mind

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In times of social, political, and global challenges, music has always helped to ease the burdens of the people. Jazz artists such as trumpeter Louis Armstrong did more than just play instruments; they were also entertainers that spirited listeners into better times. This Rhythm On My Mind remembers those sentiments. The recording features two prominent musicians--trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and bassist Jay Leonhart--who not only play their respective instruments with complete expertise, but also prove to be jazz ...

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Wycliffe Gordon: Cone's Coup

Read "Cone's Coup" reviewed by George Kanzler

Back in June, Wycliffe Gordon was awarded the Jazz Journalist Association's Trombonist of the Year honors. Cone's Coup is a good showcase of the artistry that helped him win that award. Gordon's approach to the trombone is like Sonny Rollins' on the tenor sax: a complete mastery of techniques through the entire range, with attention paid to producing a variety of tones and timbres, always with a robust sound.

Gordon's last Criss Cross CD, In the Cross, featured a gospel ...

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Wycliffe Gordon: Cone's Coup

Read "Cone's Coup" reviewed by Alain Londes

Few musicians focus on the trombone at an early age and maintain a certain sense of individuality as they mature professionally. Wycliffe “Cone Gordon is one of those serious trombonists, having had his interest piqued at the age of twelve, following his brother. Examples of other contemporaries would include Slide Hampton, Robin Eubanks and Steve Turre.

Wycliffe Gordon couches all the tunes between a fun, catchy and swinging minor blues vocal piece called simply “Shhh!!! (later “Hush Yo' Mouf!!") as ...

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Wycliffe Gordon: Cone's Coup

Read "Cone's Coup" reviewed by C. Andrew Hovan

Of all the musicians who have come through Wynton Marsalis' various ensembles, trombonist Wycliffe Gordon is one of the few who has made the most of his experience while developing an individualistic voice. Although you can hear the history of the music from Dixie to avant garde in his approach, he's been able to successfully channel that into a variety of different modes. The proof has been in the pudding, namely a wonderful selection of Criss Cross dates, each has ...

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Wycliffe Gordon: Cone's Coup

Read "Cone's Coup" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Trombonist Wycliffe Gordon warrants that the last be stated first: he is the most soulful and technically proficient trombone player composing, performing, and educating today. Period.

As Gordon closes in on twenty years as a performing jazz musician, he never ceases to challenge the listener with something new. Cone's Coup is a perfect case in point. Gordon amiably throws down the gauntlet, daring the listener to find something not accessible and fresh. Gordon's original composition “Shhh!!! (the Band ...