About Wycliffe Gordon
This week’s Featured Artist from our Wake Up Your Ears sampler is Wycliffe Gordon. He enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike. Gordon tours the world performing hard-swinging, straight-ahead jazz for audiences ranging from heads of state to elementary school students. His trombone playing, hailed as “mixing powerful, intricate runs with sweet notes extended over clean melodies,” has been universally hailed by jazz critics. Gordon received the Jazz Journalists Association 2002 and 2001 Award for Trombonist of the Year, the Jazz Journalists Association 2000 Critics’ Choice Award for Best Trombone and has been nominated for the Jazzpar Award. Gordon’s television appearances have included the Grammy Awards, the PBS special documentary “Swingin’ with the Duke,” and two Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra–”Uptown Blues, Ellington at 100” (a collaboration with the New York Philharmonic) and “Big Train.”
Featured Track on Wake Up Your Ears
Gordon’s arrangement of “St. Louis Blues” will provide a thorough workout for your system. Turn up the volume on this one, and listen to the band roar! The banjo and tuba leads swirling around Gordon’s trombone and Jon Erik-Kelso’s trumpet are terrific tests of your system’s low-level resolution. Utilizing the Chesky Records Binaural Style, this track sounds fresh, crystal clear, and live with a polished sheen.
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