Cone and T-Staff

Cone and T-Staff

by Wycliffe Gordon
     
 
While Wycliffe Gordon is the identified leader on Cone and T-Staff, this is just as much a cooperative effort by the trombonist and bandmate trumpeter Terell Stafford. What they have in common here is that they are soft served, but not verbally or musically -- both utilizing bell mutes on quite a few of these selections, the

Overview

While Wycliffe Gordon is the identified leader on Cone and T-Staff, this is just as much a cooperative effort by the trombonist and bandmate trumpeter Terell Stafford. What they have in common here is that they are soft served, but not verbally or musically -- both utilizing bell mutes on quite a few of these selections, the two veteran brass players swing together swiftly or lightly through this program of modern mainstream jazz and three originals. Everyone, including pianist Mike LeDonne, is in good form, as the quintet moves in and out of bop, classic standards, soul-jazz, and modal music played effortlessly. The 6/8 Wes Montgomery evergreen "West Coast Blues," Curtis Fuller's stirring midtempo "Arabia," the bebop icon "Robbin's Nest," and the Kenny Washington bass lead on Oscar Pettiford's "Tricotism" are played with high professionalism, easily enjoyable to all. Stafford's bluesy "Cousins," with mutes in full blush, and the neo-bop clockwork of "La Marieur" could both quickly become standards alongside the others, as they are attractive melodically and rhythmically. Gordon and Stafford have excelled as leaders in their own right, but together they are a precious tandem, like a modern-day J.J. Johnson and Lee Morgan, here on the cozy, cushy side.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/16/2010
Label:
Criss Cross
UPC:
8712474132027
catalogNumber:
1320
Rank:
145865

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Wycliffe Gordon   Primary Artist,Trombone
Mike LeDonne   Piano
Kenny Washington   Drums
Terell Stafford   Trumpet
David Wong   Bass

Technical Credits

Curtis Fuller   Composer
Illinois Jacquet   Composer
Wes Montgomery   Composer
Oscar Pettiford   Composer
Charles Thompson   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Wycliffe Gordon   Composer
Michael Marciano   Engineer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Gerry Teekens   Producer,Cover Design
Russ Musto   Liner Notes
M. Dennis   Composer
T. Stafford   Composer

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