This is New York trombonist David Gibson's fourth record as a leader, and his first with Posi-Tone Records. From the opening light bop of "The Cobbler" to the loping closer from which the record takes its title, "A Little Somethin'," this is a thoroughly enjoyable set of straight-ahead jazz from an uncommon combo format: the Hammond B3 organ covers both the bass and keys positions (Jared Gold), along with drums (Quincy Davis), alto sax (Julius Tolentino), and the 'bone (Gibson).
Gibson, trained at the prestigious Eastman School of Music, is playing out his musical career on at least three fronts: performance artist, composer, and educator (he's on the faculty of no less than four universities in the New York area, including Columbia and The New School). On A Little Somethin' he demonstrates two of those three dimensions, playing trombone and contributing five original compositions (organist Jared Gold contributes two of his own, and alto sax player Julius Tolentino gets credit for another). On 'bone, Gibson's tone and style is warm as he prefers to stay in the thicker part of the middle register of the horn. His sound is a bit reminiscent of an earlier generation of great jazz trombonists like Jimmy Knepper and Slide Hampton.
Gibson has put together a nice group. Gold and Davis form a comfortable and synchronized rhythm section, having previously recorded together in other settings. Gold's Hammond B3 adds an oxymoronic 'modern vintage' sound to the record between those big, wavy block chords when he's comping as well as when he's throwing off some of his own blistering solo lines (check out "In The Loop"). Quincy Davis lays down solid time along with a lot of clever-sometimes even whimsical-rhythmic decorations. Julius Tolentino, himself fresh new face on the jazz saxophone scene, partners fluently with Gibson for melodic and solo duties.