John Allred & Wycliffe Gordon: Head To Head
Arbors RecordsARCD: 19261
Piano: John Sheridan
Bass: Charlie Silva
Drums: Ed Metz, Jr.
"Still in their 30s, John Allred and Wycliffe Gordon may just be the next great trombone team. They combine youth and experience to bring both a fresh eye to the music and a healthy respect for the mainstream jazz tradition. The melodies may be familiar, but the performances are continually challenging, exciting and deeply felt. Once you've listened to this CD once, the best thing to do is go back and listen to it again, all the way from the start. This time, notice that extra something that only the finest musicians can give their music. "It's about playing from the heart, playing with real feeling," says Allred. "You can't teach someone to play with soul."
—From the album notes by Matt Schudel, jazz writer for the (Fort-Lauderdale) South Florida Sun Sentinel
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