Marshall Gilkes: Edenderry (2005)
For his debut recording, Edenderry, he has assembled a quartet with pianist Jon Cowherd, Matt Clohesy on bass, and drummer Johnathan Blake. The nine compositions are all originals, with the exception of Rodgers & Hart's "This Nearly Was Mine," taken up-tempo. Gilkes begins the album aggressively on "Puddle Jumping," sounding like Ray Anderson, but this is short-lived.
The music is almost entirely tricky up-tempo melodies with the exception of two ballads, "Shady Skies" and the title tune, which serve as the springboard for strong playing by the trombonist. What I found most appealing is that Gilkes doesn't overpower his rhythm section; snd they are equal to the task, without sounding counterproductive. Cowherd is a fine pianist and gets to showcase his abilities to support and solo, as does former Australian Matt Clohesy. Blake is especially good at stoking the respective fires.
Track Listing: Puddle Jumping, Shady Skies, Waltz, Lost Path, This Nearly Was Mine, Gilkean, Dissonancia, Gummi de Milo, Edenderry.
Personnel: Marshall Gilkes, trombone; Jon Cowherd,piano; Matt Clohesy, bass; Johnathan Blake, drums.
Record Label: Alternate Side Records
Style: Modern Jazz