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Derrick Gardner

Jazz trumpeter, Derrick Gardner, inspired by the finest hard-blowing funky bop bands of the 1960‟s, is working to extend that great tradition as a composer, arranger, performer, leader and educator. With extraordinary, creative natural talent, Derrick quickly made his mark upon arriving on the New York jazz scene in 1991. There he began a top-flight career that has taken him around the world performing internationally with the Count Basie Orchestra, (1991-present), Frank Foster‟s Loud Minority Band, Harry Connick Jr.‟s Big Band, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Swiss tenor player Roman Schwaller‟s European Sextet

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Stranger Than Fiction

Label: Artist Share
Released: 2021
Track listing: Pointillism; Havens; Stranger Than Fiction; Dance; Sunyasin; Counterpoint; Bella; Modality; Steps; Waking Dream.

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We Want All the Same Things

Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: Each Hidden Joy; Hello Morning; We want All The Same Things; Farther On; Recomeçar; The Light; Give Me More; So Far Away; Tell Him; The Nearness Of You; Angels Gather There; À La Claire Fontaine

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Article: Album Review

Jon Gordon: Stranger Than Fiction

Read "Stranger Than Fiction" reviewed by Jack Bowers


New York-bred alto saxophonist Jon Gordon has come a long way since he was hailed as something of a prodigy in the mid-1980s and earned first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in 1996. The music performed by Gordon's nonet on Stranger Than Fiction, we are told, “reflects [his] realization that reality takes ...

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Each Hidden Joy

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Label: Chronograph Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 04:25

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris

Read "Derrick Gardner, Logan Richardson & Barry Harris" reviewed by Joe Dimino


We start with a track off of big band director's Derrick Gardner 2020 album Still I Rise. We add some Kansas City spice with Charlie Parker and stellar saxophonist Logan Richardson with music from his Afrofuturism (Whirlwind Recordings, 2021) release. We also take a look at the new work from Matt Moran, Adam Shulman and Grant ...

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Still I Rise

Label: Impact Jazz
Released: 2020
Track listing: Push Come da Shove; Still I Rise; Soulful Brother Gelispie; Melody for Trayvon; Blues a la Burgess; 8 Ball, Side Pocket; Heavens to Murgatroyd!

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Article: Album Review

Derrick Gardner & The Big dig! Band: Still I Rise

Read "Still I Rise" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Trumpeter Derrick Gardner, a Chicagoan who has performed around the world with a who's who of jazz luminaries from Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie and Frank Foster to Nancy Wilson, Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr., to name only a few, traveled to Winnipeg, Canada, to assemble and record his Big Dig! Band, several sizes removed from ...

Album

Halcyon

Label: Will Bonness Music
Released: 2016
Track listing: Adrenaline Rush; Alliance; Halcyon; The Mystic; Puddles; Too Marvelous for Words; Reflections; Staring into the Sun

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Article: Album Review

Curtis Nowosad: Dialectics

Read "Dialectics" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


While it may be tempting to simply call Dialectics a straight-ahead session, Kevin Sun's liner notes set the record straight: According to Sun, “neo-hard bop" is a more accurate term for this music. What's most important to note, however, is that the music is pretty irresistible, regardless of what you call it. On ...


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