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Album Review

Along with his work with Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, among other high-profile gigs, Wycliffe Gordon tends to use his albums as a leader to indulge his primary musical passion: hot jazz in the pre-swing style, as exemplified by Louis Armstrong's Hot Five. Gordon, a trombonist with Jack Teagarden's bawdy New Orleans style in his soul and a vocal style owing much to Armstrong's knowing growl, can write astonishingly accurate originals in 1920s style, such as the opening one-two of the vocal novelty "Shhh!!! (The Band Is Trying to Play)" and the bouncy, onomonopoeaic "Yaht Doo Daht Ditt." However, Gordon is no mere one-note revivalist in the Squirrel Nut Zippers mode, and Cone's Coup also includes reinterpretations of familiar post-bop tunes like John Coltrane's "Mr. P.C." and "Blues for Alice's Freight Train," an exhilarating mash-up of familiar Tommy Flanagan and Charlie Parker tunes that recalls some of Rahsaan Roland Kirk's takes on jazz history.


Born: May 29, 1967 in Waynesboro, GA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Trombone player Wycliffe Gordon is best known for his work with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of jazz maestro, Wynton Marsalis. The versatile trombonist can scat, multi-note, slide, and plunge, just like he stepped out of the 1930s. Gordon has played with many jazz luminaries, including Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Henderson, Branford Marsalis,Lionel Hampton, Tommy Flanagan, and Shirley Horn. His musical colleagues call him "Pine Cone," since he grew up in the piney woods of Georgia....
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Cone S Soup, Wycliffe Gordon
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: May 16, 2006

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