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Always Forward

Label: Alternate Side Records
Released: 2018
Track listing: Puddle Jumping; Easy To Love; Morning Smiles; Switchback; Lost Words; Denali Suite Part I; Denali Suite Part II; Denali Suite Part III; Portrait Of Jennie; Always Forward.

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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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Köln

Label: Alternate Side Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: My Shining Hour; Vesper; 4711 Special; Edenderry Intro; Edenderry; Plant Based; Mary Louise; End In Sight Intro; End In Sight; Downtime.

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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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Music Is Emotion

Label: Alternate Side Records
Released: 2013
Track listing: Big Kick Blues; Need Some Time; Carbon Neutral; Nowhere To Go, Nothing To See; Julia; Blues In Orbit; Key Adjustment; The Show Must Go On; Djohariah; Blueport.

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Julia

Label: Alternate Side Records
Released: 2013

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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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