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Head to Head
     

Head to Head

by John Allred
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2002
Label:
Arbors Records
UPC:
0780941126129
catalogNumber:
19261
Rank:
119113

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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

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
John Lewis   Composer
King Oliver   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Charlie Bertini   Producer
Wycliffe Gordon   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Tim Ouimette   Arranger
Roy Turk   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
John Allred   Arranger,Producer
John A. Katalenic   Arranger
John Sheridan   Arranger
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Mat Domber   Executive Producer
Rachel Domber   Executive Producer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Piantadosi   Composer
Gary Faller   Engineer

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