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Marshall Gilkes Quartet: Edenderry

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For his debut recording as a leader, trombonist Marshall Gilkes gives himself the widest possible exposure. Every tune is his save for Rogers and Hammerstein’s “This Nearly Was Mine.” Pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Matt Clohesy and drummer Johnathan Blake provide solid accompaniment and play with energy, and Gilkes takes plenty of solo space. The nicely contoured set runs smoothly from Afro-Cuban to bop to ballads, and it all sounds pretty good, but the CD wouldn’t stand out from 100 other adequately crafted mainstream jazz records if not for Gilkes.

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