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Marshall Gilkes / WDR Big Band: Always Forward

Read "Always Forward" reviewed by Jack Bowers

This is the second album on which Maryland-born trombonist Marshall Gilkes (pronounced “Jilks") has collaborated with Germany's superlative WDR Big Band, a world-class ensemble with whom he has also served as a member of the trombone section. This time around, Gilkes not only gets to solo but to conduct, compose (eight numbers including the three-part “Denali ...

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Marshall Gilkes & The WDR Big Band: Always Forward

Read "Always Forward" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Ever onward for Marshall Gilkes. After snagging a Grammy nomination for Köln (Alternate Side Records, 2016)--a collaborative venture with the WDR Big Band (of which he was a member from early 2010 to the close of 2013) and one of the standout large ensemble releases of recent years--this sought-after trombonist-composer could have easily retreated to smaller ...

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Marshall Gilkes / WDR Big Band: Koln

Read "Koln" reviewed by Jack Bowers

For four years, American-born trombonist Marshall Gilkes (pronounced “Jilks") was a member of one of Germany's premier jazz ensembles, the WDR Big Band, in Cologne (Koln). One month after leaving the band in 2013, Gilkes was invited back to preside over a farewell performance at the WDR Funkhaus Studio 4, the result of which is this ...

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Marshall Gilkes & The WDR Big Band: Köln

Read "Köln" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In jazz journalism, it's de rigueur for writers to trace the evolution of an artist when covering their work. But encountering the likes of Marshall Gilkes makes that difficult: The Juilliard-trained trombonist seemed to arrive on the New York scene as a fully-formed entity, projecting a warm and full-bodied tone quality and possessing astounding lip flexibility. ...

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Ryan Keberle + Catharsis: Music Is Emotion

Read "Music Is Emotion" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Music can be defined, analyzed and categorized, but those formal processes do little to help demystify the effect it can have on people. That's because music's power isn't directly related to the science behind the sound; music truly makes its mark through emotional connectivity, and trombonist Ryan Keberle is keenly aware of this.

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Marshall Gilkes: Sound Stories

Read "Sound Stories" reviewed by Dave Wayne

One thing evident from the outset of Marshall Gilkes' Sound Stories: this is a band that impresses with the sheer force of its Herculean chops and unbridled, ceaseless energy. Juilliard-educated and currently residing in Cologne, Germany, Gilkes is one of the most impressive young jazz trombonists to emerge in the last few years. Given the crop ...

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Marshall Gilkes: Sound Stories

Read "Sound Stories" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Difficile trovare un incipit potente, che renda bene l'impressione che si ha all'ascolto di Sound Stories. Il trombonista Marshall Gilkes, già sideman, tra gli altri, di Maria Schneider, Richard Bona e Dave Douglas, ha composto otto ottimi brani e li ha affidati ad un gruppo esperto ed affiatato, che li ha resi con libertà espressiva e rigore formale ...

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Marshall Gilkes: Sound Stories

Read "Sound Stories" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Lyrical strains and muscular machinations are a counterintuitive combination, but trombonist Marshall Gilkes is living proof that they need not be mutually exclusive methods of musical dissemination. Gilkes has made a name for himself through his work with Colombian harp hero Edmar Castaneda, the Maria Schneider Orchestra and many others, but the full scope of his ...

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Ryan Keberle: Heavy Dreaming

Read "Heavy Dreaming" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Brass band-oriented projects seemed to be all the rage in 2009. Dave Douglas, leaning on the work of Lester Bowie and the heritage of the Crescent City, garnered great critical acclaim and artistic success with his Brass Ecstasy project. Saxophonist David Binney created a mysterious and intriguing blend between a guest brass section and his core ...

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Marshall Gilkes: Lost Words

Read "Lost Words" reviewed by Jerry D'Souza

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 ...