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Marshall Gilkes

Simply considering the range of music that Marshall Gilkes has played over the course of his career, it would be easy to assume that the trombonist/composer is a musical chameleon, able to alter his sound to fit into whatever situation he finds himself. After all, it seems unlikely that an individual sound would be able to express itself in such diverse contexts as the lush impressionism of the Maria Schneider Orchestra; the exotic chamber jazz of Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda’s trio; or the fiery combustion of New York’s thriving Latin music scene. But listen to the four albums that Gilkes has released under his own name – in particular his latest, a stunning set of compositions for the WDR Big Band named for its home base, Köln – and it immediately becomes clear how the versatile trombonist can integrate myriad influences into a singular and distinctive voice

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Samuel Torres: Alegria

Read "Alegria" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

After delivering a politically-pointed statement in the form of Forced Displacement (Zoho Music, 2015), Colombian percussionist Samuel Torres most certainly could've doubled-down in that direction. There's no shortage of political turmoil across the globe these days, so that move would've been completely understandable. But, as Torres clearly understands, there's something to be said for the power ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Anche se l'incontro tra jazz e ritmi caraibici è presente fin dagli albori è stato Dizzy Gillespie negli anni quaranta a dare identità e popolarità al genere Afro-Cubano, integrando nel be-bop le musiche Mario Bauza e Machito. Questo tributo alle musiche del grande trombettista è stato inciso nel 2017, anno in cui s'è celebrato il Dizzy ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Charlotte Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Perry Tannenbaum

Patina Miller, The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, The Future of Jazz Orchestra, Maria Muldaur, Carlos Henriquez, Paul Nedzela, and Donna Hopkins Charlotte Jazz Festival Charlotte, NC May 1-4, 2019 Presented by the Leon Levine Foundation and staged by Blumenthal Performing Arts, the Charlotte Jazz Festival is continuing to grow incrementally ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Carlos Henriquez: Dizzy Con Clave

Read "Dizzy Con Clave" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

In closing out the liner essay to this savory set recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, bassist Carlos Henriquez succinctly summarizes one of many important points worth noting about the legendary honoree: “Dizzy Gillespie is and always will be the American bridge to Afro-Cuban music," he states. But it need be noted that he doesn't just ...

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.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more

Read "Marshall Gilkes, Marilyn Maye and more" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The legendary singer Marilyn Maye kicks off this week's Neon Jazz in pure style with a classic song and a clip from her live 90th Birthday performance in Kansas City on Veteran's Day 2018. We catch up with new work by the great John Petrucelli off his 2018 CD Presence and move on into the great ...

ARTICLE: YEAR IN REVIEW

Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018

Read "Dan Bilawsky's Best Releases of 2018" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Every little bit of the year 2018 will soon take form as memory--first recent, then distant--but the fine music gifted to us in those twelve months will be forever present, living on in ears, hearts and minds. I had the pleasure of hearing north of 400 albums this past year, and I had the privilege of ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Michael Dease: Bonafide

Read "Bonafide" reviewed by Geannine Reid

Trombonist Michael Dease was born in Augusta, Georgia. His propensity for the arts landed him at John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet High School, where he studied saxophone, voice and trumpet. During his senior year, after sage advice from another Augusta, Georgia jazz mainstay, Wycliffe Gordon, Dease pointed his ambition towards the trombone, what would ultimately ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

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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