Although he approaches the piece with a shy smile, the intensity of his spirit leaves you anything but reserved.
The Wycliffe Gordon Quintet presented a magnificent performance at Jazz at the A Frame on March 22, 2009.
Trevor Ware on Bass
John Beasley on Piano
Ricky Woodard on Saxophone
Clayton Cameron on Drums
Wycliffe Gordon on Trombone and Piano
John Coltrane's "Impressions" was taken to a level of exquisite and reeling chord progressions, and phenomenal soloing. Wycliffe often sounded as if he were in conversation with John on Piano, Trevor on Bass, and Clayton on Drums. And that conversation was filled with more than mesmerizing tantalizing touch, taunting timbre, compelling topics all tossed with soul.
A fitting tribute to the Duke Ellington was given with a wonderful rendition of "In a Mellow Tone" and "Things ain't what they used to be".
Wycliffe's sensitivity to the musicianship of Duke while adding his on thoughtful musicality was amazing. Clayton on Drums was simply superb displaying the highest form of creativity and in the pocket accents causing all devotees to hold on to their seats while inwardly begging for More! More! More!!!
It was an afternoon filled with surprise and joy.
There was the very spiritual and jazz-fused call and response between the "Preacher" - Wycliffe and his "choir" the ensemble on many tunes. This was mixed with a call and shout between the impeccable John Beasley and Clayton Cameron, Trevor Ware and Rickey Woodward, Wycliffe, Clayton and John, and Rickey and Clayton.
Wycliffe shared his versatile ingenuity by performing a special piece for our host - Betty Hoover on Piano. His Piano skills are akin to those on the Trombone - Incredibly Exquisite.
In his artistic fashion mixed other tunes with voice incorporating Scat to emphasize his point.
The audience was given a Scat lesson as well wherein we performed in great fashion if I say so myself.
This was an additional glorious event put on by Betty Hoover, the gracious host and founder of “Jazz at the A Frame" in the hills of Hollywood.
If you're interested in an afternoon of great music, sheer pleasure, innovation, relaxation, good conversation (at intermission), food and fun - then come out to one of these events.
Jazz at the A Frame
Monthly Music Excursions
Contact: Betty Hoover