Posted on review of DAVID GIBSON: THIS END UP



This End Up


David Gibson (trombone)


A Little Somethin’ (Positone 8054)

Recorded: New York, June 25, 2008Musicians:

David Gibson (trombone),

Julius Tolentino (alto saxophone), Jared Gold (organ), Quincy Davis (drums)

Composed by Jared Gold


RATING: 78/100 (learn more)

Trombonist David Gibson, a graduate of the Eastman School, supplemented his musical education with on-the-job training, including a six-year stint with a sextet at the New York City club �Smoke�. On �This End�s Up� we hear Gibson�s controlled, precise tone on this Jared Gold-penned composition. The music is derivative of a time past and competently played. Gibson is a talented player, but I would have preferred a gutsier edge to his playing than what he shows here. Accompanied by the swinging, soulful organist Jared Gold, whose Hammond sound is reminiscent of Jimmy Smith , Gibson�s trombone has a deliberate, soulful feel that is promising but restrained. Tolentino�s alto is crisp and bright and provides an uplifting sense of flight. Gold manipulates the sound of his B3 and plays with great abandon. Davis and Gold together keep the rhythm steady as the melody fades away.