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Conrad Herwig's second Criss Cross release is a trombonist's dream as Herwig joins forces with another trombonist, former Jazz Messenger Steve Davis, and a first-rate rhythm section of pianist David Kikoski, bassist James Genus, and drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts to perform three Herwig originals, two jazz classics, and two standards. Both Herwig and Davis are skilled improvisers with distinctive voices on their chosen instruments, choosing to complement each other rather than compete. Herwig plays mostly in the bone's upper register,Davis prefers the middle and lower registers, while Kikoski, Genus, and Watts supply enough fire to keep the proceedings heated. Favorites include the hard swinging "Syeeda's Song Flute," written by John Coltrane, "Kenny K," Herwig's heartfelt tribute to pianist Kenny Kirkland, the medium blues "First Born," and the burning title track. Osteology refers to the study of the science of bones, and this is one time where studying bones can be enjoyable.


Born: November 1, 1959 in Oklahoma

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Conrad Herwig is one of New York's more prominent progressive/mainstream trombonists. He has recorded and/or performed with a number of famous leaders, including but not limited to Joe Henderson, Jack DeJohnette, and Paquito d'Rivera. Herwig is an alumnus of the famous University of North Texas jazz program, an experience that obviously prepared him well as a big-band player. He began his professional career in the early '80s with Clark Terry's big band; stints with Buddy Rich, Toshiko Akiyoshi,...
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