CDs

Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets – Echoes of Ethnicity

Echoes of EthnicityEchoes of Ethnicity, by Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets + 2 heralds a conceptual change, more a broadening of horizon than seismic shift, from the soulful, funky hard-bop roots of the sextet to a wider palette of sounds embracing a little big band tradition that also thrived during the hard-bop era under such leaders and arrangers as Charles Mingus, Gil Evans, Ernie Wilkins and Bob Brookmeyer. Whether it is a big band, octet or sextet Derrick is leading, one goal remains constant: connecting with the listener. Technique and virtuosity may be all well and good, but the ultimate test for Derrick is listener appreciation, moving the audience.

Track Listing:
1. 4Newk
2. Afros & Cubans
3. We Jazz June
4. Natural Woman
5. Mercury Blvd.
6. The Melting Pot
7. Autumn In New York
8. Crystal Stair
9. The Blackamoor
10. Miss’ippi Man
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Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets – A Ride to the Other Side

Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets - A Ride to the Other SideDerrick Gardner listens to the musical voices in his head. It is much to our benefit, and listening pleasure, that he pays such careful attention to these voicings. The trumpet-trombone-tenor sax sound is the heart of the sextet sound that has made his long-standing group, The Jazz Prophets, a band to enjoy…and take quite seriously.

Get ready for ‘A Ride to the Other Side..’

Track Listing:
1. Funky Straight
2. A Ride To The Other Side
3. Mac Daddy Grip
4. Be One
5. Bugabug
6. God’s Gift
7. Lazara
8. Just A Touch
9. ……Of Infinity
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Derrick Gardner & The Jazz Prophets – Slim Goodie

Slim Goodie by Derrick Gardner & The Jazz ProphetsExplosive and hard hitting jazz sextet featuring some of the baddest and freshest New York cats on the scene; 5 originals, 3 by Wayne Shorter, Gigi Gryce and George Williams respectively, all original arrangements, liner notes by Frank Foster.

Track Listing:
1. Slim Goodie
2. The Big Beat
3. Soul Talk
4. So Young, So Beautiful
5. Nica’s Tempo
6. Double Entendre
7. Seed of Sin
8. Earl’s Twirl
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