Gardner, Derrick

Owl Studios, 2023CD
Instrument: Trumpet

Issue: 29.3

Jazz Ruler Type: Swing
O's Jazz Ruler

Performance: 4
Performance Chart

Sound: 3
Sound Chart

Score: 78
Score Chart

O’s Notes: Trumpeter Derrick Gardner leads a sextet on Still I Rise, arranging and producing all the music. He also composed 5 of the 9 selections. The Jazz Prophets are Derrick with Vincent Gardner (tb), Robert Dixon (sax), George Caldwell (p), Obasi Akoto (b) and Kwakiutl Sumbry (d, perc). They open with “Djembe Kan” featuring Sumbry and setting the stage for a percussion rich set. “The Sixth Village” and “10,000 Ships” have crisp horn accents, the other key element of this recording. There is sweet brass harmony surrounding Derrick on “Blues For The Diaspora”, and Vincent comes into the spotlight on “The Sixth Village”. We also enjoyed “Assin Manso, The Last Bath”, a fitting finale!


Publicist: Lydia Liebman Promotions