Bill Cantrall: Axiom




Bill Cantrall (trombone)


Axiom (Up Swing Records UR-01)

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Bill Cantrall (trombone),

Ryan Kisor (trumpet), Sherman Irby (alto sax), Stacy Dillard (tenor sax), Rick Germanson (piano), Gerald Cannon (bass), Montez Coleman (drums)


Composed by Bill Cantrall


Recorded: New York, January 2007


Rating: 88/100 (learn more)

Axiom is trombonist/composer Bill Cantrall's first release as leader. The album's title cut combines the sounds of Maiden Voyage-era Herbie Hancock with that of Crosswinds-era Billy Cobham, which featured trombonist Garnett Brown and trumpeter Randy Brecker. That is a good thing. Pianist Germanson and trumpeter Ryan Kisor are among the best plying the trade these days. As a bonus we also hear some impressive sax playing from Sherman Irby and Stacy Dillard in the tune's forward-moving midsection. (It is unclear from the liner notes if both play on the tune. They could be in the mix. At any rate, it is Irby who takes the solo.) Bassist Cannon and drummer Montez Coleman are a top-notch rhythm section as well. Composer Cantrall waits until late in the game to take his star turn. The '60s and '70s influences aside, "Axiom," the tune and the album, is finely crafted modern jazz providing plenty of improvisational space for these talented musicians to do their thing.

Reviewer: Walter Kolosky

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