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More To Come by Jonathan Voltzok

Bebop is alive and well in the hands of trombonist Jonathan Voltzok. Not only does he play, he commands the trombone through blistering tunes like Shawnuff. He then spins the warmest of gorgeous lines on 'Round Midnight and his own beautiful Shadows. As a composer, Voltzok is in that space between tradition and breaking new ground, a truly fresh and contemporary voice firmly planted in bop.

More to Come is loaded with highlights. Among them are the appearance of trombone legend Slide Hampton and world-renowned saxophonist Antonio Hart. Each play, on two tracks, contribute indescribable dimensions to an out-of-this-world ensemble. The rhythm section is phenomenal. Pianist Aaron Goldberg thoroughly cooks on every track with precise clarity. Bassist Barak Mori provides an unwavering foundation and rises to melodic moments with ease and conviction. Drummer Ali Jackson lays down the most tasteful support with energy and drive.

Five of Jonathan Voltzok’s compositions appear in the More to Come collection. Each hold their own in a lineup of classics from Parker, Gillespie, Monk, and Silver. The addition of Slide Hampton and Antonio Hart only elevate an already hard-swinging CD to a "must have" album of bop-inspired mastery. The only thing wrong with More to Come is that it needs a sequel. More of it, and fast.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Jonathan Voltzok
  • CD Title: More To Come
  • Genre: BeBop / Hard Bop
  • Year Released: 2008
  • Record Label: Ko!Yo Records
  • Tracks: More To Come, Con Alma (Dizzy Gillespie), Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk), A Moment Of Sunshine, Shadows, The Fire Dance, Opus de Funk (Horace Silver), Duv, Shawnuff (Charles Parker and Dizzy Gillespie)
  • Musicians: Jonathan Voltzok (trombone), Aaron Goldberg (piano), Barak Mori (bass), Ali Jackson (drums), special guests Slide Hampton (trombone) and Antonio Hart (alto saxophone)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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