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Wayne Coniglio & Scott Whitfield - Fast Friends (2014)

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Wayne Coniglio & Scott Whitfield - Fast Friends (2014)

Wayne Coniglio & Scott Whitfield - Fast Friends (2014)
MP3 320 kbps CBR | 63:37 min | 148 MB
Genre: Jazz | Label: Summit Records

Clever title, this. Trombonists Wayne Coniglio & Scott Whitfield. Friends? For almost two decades. Fast? Listen to a few bars of "Les Demoiselles de Rocheforte," "Fried Pickles" or "Bernie's Tune" & decide for yourself. The opinion here is what they do on trombone (tenor & bass) is fast indeed. haveing said that, however, it should be pressed home that there is so much more than speed to appreciate on this superb new album; for example, an abundance of warmth, tastefulness & perception, traits that are too often in short supply these days.
Yes, a two-trombone front line can be a bit much (apologies to Kai & J.J.). To offset that, Coniglio plays tenor trombone on only two tracks ("Rocheforte," the st&ard "I'm Confessin'"), bass trombone the rest of the way. It's a nice contrast to Whitfield's higher-register work, & nowhere more engaging than on the slower numbers ("When I Look in Your Eyes," Sam Rivers' lyrical "Beatrice" or Roger Neumann's gentle waltz, "3/4 of the Time," on which overdubbing produces an entire "trombone section"). To heighten the contrast, mutes are employed on "I'm Confessin'" & Toshiko Akiyoshi's seductive "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More" (a showcase for Coniglio's sonorous bass trombone). Leslie Bricusse wrote "When I Look in Your Eyes," Steve Turre the gospel-infused "Ray's Collard Greens." Coniglio composed "Fried Pickles," Whitfield the groovy "2nd Avenue Stroll" & easygoing "Flan," the former for 'bone master Carl Fontana, the latter for Bob Flanigan, a trombonist & lead singer with the Four Freshmen.

Talented as Coniglio & Whitfield are, they could have been undone by a less-than-able rhythm section. Luckily, that is not the case here. Pianist Ken Kehner, bassist Eric Warren & drummer Kevin Gianino are more than up to the task at h&, not only comping superbly but appending eloquent solos whenever called upon to do so. The front-liners, meanwhile, play with vigor & awareness, underscoring their expertise no matter what the mood or tempo. Fast Friends they are, & long may they remain so. One listen to their album & you may be pleased to find you've made some new friends as well. ~ Scott Bowers


01. Les demoiselle de Rocheforte
02. When I Look In Your Eyes
03. Ray s Collard Greens
04. I m Confessin (That I Love You)
05. Fried Pickles
06. Beatrice
07. Bernie s Tune
08. 3/4 of the Time
09. Flan (for Bob Flanigan)
10. I Ain t Gonna Ask No More
11. 2nd Avenue Stroll


Wayne Coniglio: trombone (1, 4), bass trombone
Scott Whitfield: trombone
Ken Kehner: piano;
Eric Warren: bass
Kevin Gianino: drums
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