Steve Wiest: X & Y


X & Y


Steve Wiest (trombone)


Out of the New (Arabesque AJ0189)

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Steve Wiest (trombone),

Fred Hamilton (guitar), Stefan Karlsson (piano), Lynn Seaton (bass), Ed Soph (drums)


Composed by Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion, Christopher Martin


Recorded: Dallas, TX, February 1-2 and April 20 2008


Rating: 86/100 (learn more)

Steve Wiest didn’t conceive “X & Y” as the lively tempo Latin song it became for the recording of it, but the change of plans worked out pretty well. You wouldn’t think that the almost rock-ish guitar of Hamilton could pair up smoothly with Wiest’s trombone, but it does. They play competing lines, unison lines and harmonize, all within the head. Wiest plays a patient, finely modulated solo, letting the groove behind him be the guide and never getting ahead of it. Hamilton come next, playing liquid lines that he makes stand out with some distinctive note bending. When he’s done, the whole band lurches into a tricky bridge before returning to the theme.

Nice playing all around, but sometimes it’s the arrangement that makes the song. It certainly does for “X & Y.”

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron


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