Marshall Gilkes: Lost Words
Marshall Gilkes (trombone)
Lost Words (Alternate Site Records ASR 003)
Marshall Gilkes (trombone),
Michael Rodriguez (trumpet, flugelhorn), Jon Cowherd (piano), Yasushi Nakamura (bass), Clarence Penn (drums).
Composed by Marshall Gilkes.
Recorded: Brooklyn, NY, December 2007
Rating: 87/100 (learn more)
When reading this you need to know that this is my second review of a trombonist's CD that I am writing today – the other being my take on Bill Cantrall's "Axiom." That doesn't happen too often, believe me.
Marshall Gilkes is a Julliard graduate and has played in Billy Cobham's band. His compositions and playing are clear evidence of a high skill level and understanding of his art. An introspective Jon Cowherd piano prologue leads us into the quietly lilting melody of "Lost Words." Gilkes takes the lead from the outset as he introduces the theme and solos over the rhythm section. His playing is quite fluid. He is followed by an equally pleasing Michael Rodriguez trumpet solo. The tune maintains its pleasant allure to its end. It is fine music. Though there is no new ground being broken here, it isn't every day you hear a trombonist with enough compositional talent and superior chops to maintain interest over the length of an entire album. That is just the way it is. Gilkes got my attention and maintained it. Today I was lucky enough to hear two fine trombone players. Bring it on!
Reviewer: Walter Kolosky