Saturday, March 14, 2009

CD of the Day - "Clifton Anderson: Decade"

CD of the Day
Clifton Anderson: "Decade" (Doxy) 2009

Trombonist Clifton Anderson has played with a Who's Who of jazz and beyond, including McCoy Tyner, Slide Hampton, and Paul Simon, and is perhaps best known as the front-line foil for tenor sax titan Sonny Rollins (who's also his uncle). "Decade," released on Sonny Rollins' label Doxy, distributed by Universal through an agreement with Decca, is something of a concept album, a hefty summation of Anderson's wide musical range - with jazz versions of pop standards ("If") to surging hard bop to the Caribbean calypso of the Mighty Sparrow (Anderson played in his band too). Emerging from the J.J. Johnson school of straight-ahead bop trombone, Anderson is a talent to be reckoned with.
My personal favourite tracks are "Noble," "I'm Old Fashioned," "Z," "I'm Glad There is You" (effective use of mallets by Al Foster), "We'll Be Together Again" and "Stubbs."
Featuring: Kenny Garrett (alto sax), Eric Wyatt (tenor sax), Larry Willis & Stephen Scott (piano), Christian McBride & Bob Cranshaw (bass), Al Foster & Steve Jordan (drums) and Kimati Dinizulu (percussion). Liner notes by Bob Blumenthal.
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