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Album: The Search
# Song Title   Time
1)    Cheeky
2)    What Is This Thing Called Love
3)    He Looked Beyond My Fault (Danny Boy)
4)    Frantic Flight
5)    Search, The (Part I and II)
6)    Touch It Lightly
7)    Georgia on My Mind
8)    Sweet Georgia Brown
9)    Blues for Deac'n Cone
10)    Sign Me Up
11)    Stardust
12)    Ba-Lue Bolivar Ba-Lues
13)    Rhythm-A-Ning
Product Details
Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Wycliffe Gordon (trombone); Eric Reed (piano); Rodney Whitaker (bass); Herlin Riley, Winard Harper (drums); Ted Nash, Marcus Printup, Victor Goines.
  • Recorded on November 30, 1999 & December 1, 1999. Includes liner notes by Hans Nagel-Heyer.
  • Personnel: Wycliffe Gordon (didjeridu, trombone, tuba); Ted Nash (flute, alto saxophone); Victor Goines (tenor saxophone); Marcus Printup (trumpet); David Gibson , Delfeayo Marsalis, Jen Krupa, Ron Westray (trombone); Eric Reed (piano); Herlin Riley, Winard Harper (drums, percussion).
  • Recording information: Nola Recording Studios, NY (11/30/1999/12/01/1999).
  • Nagel-Heyer knows a good thing when it sees or, rather, hears it. The label has brought trombonist Wycliffe Gordon to the studio or captured him at live performances on a number of occasions, either as a leader (as here) or sideman with other Nagel-Heyer jazz artists. Judging from the play list, the objective here is to expand Gordon's musical horizons, at least with regard to his recorded output. Consequently, the CD's agenda includes not only some classic standards, but modern music by Thelonious Monk, a couple of blues things, and five originals by Gordon. The result is a marvelous hour plus of diverse jazz played in a refreshingly innovative manner.
  • Gordon and his colleagues clearly enjoy the diverse list they have been asked to perform. There's dripping corn pone, chicken gravy, Southern blues on "Blues for Deac'n Cone," with the piano of Eric Reed and the bass trombone of Roger Floreska getting important air time. Then comes the musical testifyin' of the traditional "Sign Me Up," where Gordon shows his dexterity with the tuba. Gordon introduces the didgeridoo (the long, straight instrument that has been used for many years in the playing of traditional Australian aboriginal music) on "Blues for Deac'n Cone," and it is also the main instrument on Gordon's composition "The Search." Variously sounding like a mouth organ, drum, or tightly strung fiddle (and there are some sounds that escape categorization), the didgeridoo is unique, and when used in unison with other instruments like Winard Harper's drum, is important to the statement Gordon wants to make with "The Search." Other tracks worth highlighting include a beautiful haunting rendition of "Stardust," with Gordon and Reed's contrasting styles providing a new look to this classic tune, and a swinging Gordon-composed "Cheeky." Confident in his expertise as a trombonist, he is not averse to inviting other adept practitioners of that instrument to join him in this session. With all the trombone players, it recalls those J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding Octet recordings from the 1960s. The trombone choir approach is used effectively on "Danny Boy."
  • This is a top-flight album of excellent music, skillfully arranged and played with imagination and verve. Highly recommended. ~ Dave Nathan
Professional Reviews
Down Beat (3/01, p.60) - 3 out of 5 - "...Straightforward with a solid level of craft and feel....this covers a lot of ground in a lot of ways, much of it bright and engaging..."
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