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October 1997

Gerald Wiggins
Autumn Somewhere
Lucid Subjazz

Trad jazzers know pianist Gerald Wiggins from his work with artists like Diz, Louis and Benny Carter, among dozens of others. On The Sub-Jaz proxy w/Gerald Wiggins' Autumn Somewhere (Lucid Subjazz LS10497, 37:29), Wiggins steps into a largely uncharted area, best described as "acoustic trip-hop" (if you are the kind of person who needs# labels). It's an interesting idea, one that produces some unexpected surprises (the bouncing "Snoog's Alibi"). Supported by drummer Bobby Breton and bassist Kevin Keller, Wiggins' full-grained, Monkish attack provides backgrounds that range from wistful ("If You Must") to ominous ("Seven Boxes"). Multi-horn player Graham Berry embellishes this trip that, while maybe not as fully realized as it could have been, is a fresh take on a concept that, as relatively new as it is, could use a few new ideas.

Originally published in October 1997
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