273

Wycliffe Gordon: Slidin' Home

By

Sign in to view read count
Another of Wynton Marsalis' discoveries, Wycliffe Gordon has established himself as a leading practitioner of the slide instrument on today's jazz scene helping to move along the renewed interest in an instrument which had fallen a few notches from the heights it once enjoyed. All of the technical wizardry and jazz tradition laid down by the likes Tricky Sam Nanton, Frank Rosolino, J.J. Johnson and Carl Fontana have been absorbed by the Georgia born Mr. Gordon. But technical ability and awareness of the tradition does not make for a good finished product unless what has been learned is artistically employed. And Gordon gets straight "A"s in that department as he and his confreres bustle through a play list of 13 tunes, some standards, some not so often heard jazz classics and Gordon originals.

On this session Gordon runs the gamut from blues to gospel, from swing to Latin, from classical sounding to bop, often employing more than one of these genres on the same tune. On W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," the opening choruses take on a Latin beat, sequing into a raunchy, down on the floor New Orleans, before slipping back into Latin. Heavy testifying between Gordon and pianist Eric Reed follows adherence to the jagged lines of Thelonious Monk's music as put down in "Green Chimneys." Like funky? Then hear Gordon's Tricky Sam Nanton wah wah trombone on "It don't Mean a Thing." Ellington is treated with great respect by Gordon as he applies a combination of classical and straight ahead jazz forms on "Mood Indigo," displaying versatility on the horn by some imaginative over dubbing. He calls on former Ellington vocalist of the 1960's, Milt Grayson for a pleading "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" with Victor Goines doing Jimmy Hamilton clarinet in support. Gordon can swing, slide, and tongue with the trombone. He can even laugh and moan on "Blooz...First Thaingh `Dis Moanin," engaging in a lively conversation with Goines' tenor. Gordon's strong religious beliefs are apparent with a fervently played Gordon composed "My God." Gordon's heavy bottomed melodic tuba is dubbed to assure that this tune is a solemn occasion.

Gordon is superbly supported by a high grade rhythm section of Eric Reed, Rodney Whitaker and Herlin Riley. Reed especially is heard to good effect throughout and like Gordon, shows that he is adept in all jazz styles. When called on to participate, Joe Temperley's soprano and baritone saxophones and Randy Sandke's trumpet contribute mightily. This is a very interesting attention keeping album and is highly recommended.

Tracks:Mood Indigo; Green Chimneys; It Don't Mean a Thing; Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me; Jolly Jume Jumey (Wycliffe II); New Awlins'; Amazing Grace; St. Louis Blues; What?; Blooz...First Thaingh `Dis Moanin'; Beauty's in the Eye; The "Hallelujah" Shout; My God

Personnel: Wycliffe Gordon - Trombone/Tuba; Victor Goines - Tenor Saxophone/Clarinet; Eric Reed - Piano; Rodney Whitaker - Bass; Herlin Riley - Drums; Joe Temperley - Soprano Saxophone/Baritone Saxophone; Randy Sandke - Trumpet; Milt Grayson - Vocals

| Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

More Articles

Read The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door CD/LP/Track Review The Sound of Surprise: Live at the Side Door
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 25, 2017
Read The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture CD/LP/Track Review The Angel and the Brute Sing Songs of Rapture
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Coldest Second Yesterday CD/LP/Track Review Coldest Second Yesterday
by John Sharpe
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Follow Your Heart CD/LP/Track Review Follow Your Heart
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Chicago II CD/LP/Track Review Chicago II
by Doug Collette
Published: February 25, 2017
Read Over the Rainbow CD/LP/Track Review Over the Rainbow
by Paul Rauch
Published: February 24, 2017
Read "Layers" CD/LP/Track Review Layers
by Mark Sullivan
Published: November 1, 2016
Read "Lingo" CD/LP/Track Review Lingo
by Paul Rauch
Published: January 10, 2017
Read "Flowers" CD/LP/Track Review Flowers
by John Sharpe
Published: November 23, 2016
Read "It's The Peace That Deafens" CD/LP/Track Review It's The Peace That Deafens
by James Nadal
Published: March 17, 2016
Read "Araminta" CD/LP/Track Review Araminta
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 17, 2017
Read "Preston Glasgow Lowe" CD/LP/Track Review Preston Glasgow Lowe
by Roger Farbey
Published: April 16, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!