Monday, February 20, 2012

The Beat of Different Drummers, A First Call Trombonist - Bob Stewart

"There are a few more emphatically dazzling drummers working today, but almost nobody in Wilson's peer group with a broader sense of jazz history, or a more natural sense of time, or a stronger signature as a bandleader, or more goodwill among his fellow players." That's Nate Chinen of Jazz Times magazine speaking of Matt Wilson, who is beloved world-wide for being one of jazz music's most imaginative, entertaining and fun-loving spirits. He was voted 2011 Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association, an honor he was also awarded in 2003. In addition to maintaining an active schedule as a performer, bandleader and recording artist, Wilson is a dedicated teaching artist. His outreach work and reputation as a community builder has helped establish him as a treasured ambassador for the music. "An Attitude for Gratitude" is the fourth release by his award-winning Arts & Crafts ensemble, an extraordinary collective of musical personalities featuring Wilson, trumpeter Terell Stafford, keyboardist Gary Versace and bassist Martin Wind.

Steve Turre demonstrates once again why he is one of the first call trombonists in the world on his new disc -- "Woody's Delight" -- an aptly named homage to his mentor and former boss, Woody Shaw. "He liked trumpet and saxophone," says Turre," but thought it had been done to the max...Woody said our group with trumpet and trombone was 'fresh air,' the favorite of all the groups he'd had." Turre offers an intensely interesting program featuring five of today's greatest trumpeters in a program that captures at once Shaw's fierce intensity, his limitless imagination and versatility. On hand to help are trumpeters Jon Faddis, Wallace Roney, Claudio Roditi, Freddie Hendrix and Chocolate Armenteros.

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