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Full Circle by The Scott Kyle Quintet

From its inception, the jazz world has been a haven for trombonists. Beginning with men like Kid Ory through Jack Teagarden, Frank Rosolino, J.J.Johnson, Kai Winding, the instrument enjoyed great popularity. Where are the trombonists today? Certainly there are many around but they are becoming an endangered species.

Just at the point where trombone fans need their "fix," along comes Californian, Scott Kyle. It's great to hear a classic mainstream jazz trombone again. Kyle and his combo deliver eleven swinging jazz standards served-up in style.

Scott Kyle's unusual reading of "April In Paris" is the first version in recent years that borrows nothing from the famous Basie recordings. That, in itself, is most refreshing. In fact, Kyle makes the "April In Paris" and "Night In Tunisia" tracks freely available on his website in full downloadable versions.

Sharing the frontline with the trombonist is alto saxophonist Christopher Hollyday. Hollyday shows a certain respect for Charlie Parker and cooks superbly throughout this CD. The young rhythm section is impressive. Guitarist Robert Lawson shows his considerable talent on the 1938 Jimmy Van Heusen hit, "Darn That Dream." His pretty style is reminiscent of the late Lou Mecca and Wes Montgomery.

Having listened to this album in its entirety several times, a few favorites emerged. The trombonist really sells Horace Silver's beautiful "Peace" with help from Hollyday and Lawson. "Stella By Starlight" brings the rhythm section to the forefront. The quintet's take on Jobim's "Meditation" and Strayhorn's "Lush Life" are outstanding. "Meditation" is an example of Scott Kyle's classic approach to his instrument. "Lush Life" is a delightful eleven-minute "conversation" between trombone and alto. I heard something new every time I played this track.

Full Circle is worth a listen. DJs should give this disc some airtime.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: The Scott Kyle Quintet
  • CD Title: Full Circle
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 2005
  • Record Label: SKJ Records
  • Tracks: A Night In Tunisia, Darn That Dream, A Foggy Day, Peace, April In Paris, Donna Lee, My Romance, Joy Spring, Meditation, Stella By Starlight, Lush Life
  • Musicians: Scott Kyle (trombone), Christopher Hollyday (alto sax), Robert Lawson (guitar), Justin Grinnell (bass), Dave Pschaida (drums)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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