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All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
It all started, of course, with J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding back in the 1950s, but the trombone duo with rhythm has since been tried from time to time with varying success by several others. This one is sure to please fans of the genre, for not only are John Allred and Wycliffe Gordon two of the top jazz trombonists around, but the choice of tunes, the attention to detail, and the fine arrangements add up to a whopping good time, not to mention a splendid example of modern technical artistry. The bold, if not audacious, opener, "It's All Right With Me," lays down the challenge, as Allred's arrangement brings back memories of Johnson and Winding, for the tune was one of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steven Loewy
It all started, of course, with J.J. Johnson and Kai Winding back in the 1950s, but the trombone duo with rhythm has since been tried from time to time with varying success by several others. This one is sure to please fans of the genre, for not only are John Allred and Wycliffe Gordon two of the top jazz trombonists around, but the choice of tunes, the attention to detail, and the fine arrangements add up to a whopping good time, not to mention a splendid example of modern technical artistry. The bold, if not audacious, opener, "It's All Right With Me," lays down the challenge, as Allred's arrangement brings back memories of Johnson and Winding, for the tune was one of their most popularly recorded numbers. Highlights abound as Allred and Gordon engage in a startlingly fast and vigorous version of Ellington's "Cottontail"; a swinging take of Horace Silver's "The Preacher"; an overdubbed trombone quartet of "The Curse of an Aching Heart," which features some characteristically energetic scatting from Gordon; and a tastefully emotional rendition of "America the Beautiful." The fairly tepid rhythm section is curiously reminiscent of the classic The Great Kai and J.J. album, so that in both cases the focus is totally on the horns. For some of the best modern jazz trombone blowing on disk, try out Head to Head: You won't be disappointed.
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The intuitive duo anticipates each other’s moves flawlessly and the support of a great rhythm section ensures a satisfying session.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2002
  • Label: Arbors Records
  • UPC: 780941126129
  • Catalog Number: 19261
  • Sales rank: 195,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's All Right With Me - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (7:51)
  2. 2 The Preacher - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (5:02)
  3. 3 West End Blues - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (5:05)
  4. 4 Cotton Tail - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (2:25)
  5. 5 If I Had You - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (5:40)
  6. 6 Skylark - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (5:56)
  7. 7 Afternoon in Paris - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (4:14)
  8. 8 Medley: Sophisticated Lady/I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (4:56)
  9. 9 Walkin' My Baby Back Home - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (5:20)
  10. 10 Creole Love Call - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (8:40)
  11. 11 Caravan - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (6:16)
  12. 12 The Curse of an Aching Heart - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (4:52)
  13. 13 America the Beautiful - John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Allred Primary Artist, Trombone, Soloist
Wycliffe Gordon Trombone, scat, Soloist
John Sheridan Piano, Soloist
Eddie Metz Percussion, Drums
Charlie Silva Bass, Soloist
Technical Credits
Charlie Bertini Producer
Wycliffe Gordon Arranger
Bob Katz Mastering
Tim Ouimette Arranger
John Allred Arranger, Producer
John A. Katalenic Arranger
John Sheridan Arranger
Mat Domber Executive Producer
Rachel Domber Executive Producer
Traditional Composer
Al Piantadosi Composer
Gary Faller Engineer
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