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Drop It
     

Drop It

by Corey Wilkes
 
Trumpeter Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best creative improvising trumpeters -- if not the best -- in the modern era. His stunning work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Kahil El'Zabar's bands has cemented his place as the rising star on his instrument. This

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Trumpeter Corey Wilkes has established himself as one of the best creative improvising trumpeters -- if not the best -- in the modern era. His stunning work with the Art Ensemble of Chicago and Kahil El'Zabar's bands has cemented his place as the rising star on his instrument. This debut recording for Wilkes reflects his interest in the rhythm & blues style, both retro and contemporary. The presence of keyboardist Robert Irving III has a lot to do with how the music is conceived rhythmically, having been a nephew and bandmate in the late-period groups of Miles Davis. But as a composer and arranger, Wilkes holds close allegiance to the wonderfully inventive horn charts written by Herbie Hancock during the time of his combo that recorded the groundbreaking Mwandishi. Wilkes is also respectful of elders like Langston Hughes, as he adapts "The Trumpet Player" with the words of Hughes recited by Miyanda Wilson into a bluesy stew stirred by bassist Junius Paul. Hip-hop funk identifies the light swagger of "Sonata in the Key of Jack Daniels," while the hip, funky title cut internally shimmers via the Fender Rhodes of Irving, with an additional 11-minute live version plus vocals included as a closing track. The merging of old and new school is most evident on the lower light groove of "Touch," quite reminiscent of Benny Golson's classic "Killer Joe," while "Remy's Revenge" is a harder-edged two-chord modal number and "Ubiquitous Butterfly" is an out-and-out stomper. With alto saxophonist Jabari Liu and tenor saxophonist Chelsea Baratz, Wilkes conjures the breezy yet potent Mwandishi sound on the bright funk of "Return 2 Sender" and the neat tick-tock rhythms urging "Searchin'" onward. There's a sole R&B pop tune sung by Dee Anderson in a manner similar to Fontella Bass about a dirty old man, and seems unnecessary. A CD with mixed results that still holds much promise for the exceptional Wilkes, this purposeful recording may very well find a commercial audience well outside of the one Wilkes already owns.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/2008
Label:
Delmark
UPC:
0038153058227
catalogNumber:
582
Rank:
289928

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Performance Credits

Corey Wilkes   Primary Artist,Trumpet,Cornet,Flugelhorn
Dee Alexander   Vocals
Scott Hesse   Guitar
Chelsea Baratz   Tenor Saxophone
Justin Dillard   Hammond Organ
Junius Paul   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Kevin Nabors   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

Langston Hughes   Composer
Robert Irving   Composer
Robert G. Koester   Producer
Aillene Bullock   Composer
Steve Wagner   Producer,Engineer
Eric Butkus   Engineer
Corey Wilkes   Composer,Producer
Chelsea Baratz   Composer
Junius Paul   Composer

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