Cone’s Coup, the new release by Wycliffe Gordon (trombone) for Criss Cross Jazz, is a solid romp through straight-ahead jazz at its finest. Joined on the release by Saxophonist Stacy Dillard (Tenor and Soprano Sax), Johnny O’Neal on the piano, bassist Reginald Veal and drummer Herlin Riley, Gordon brings smooth, singing, strutting jazz that will take you on a trip through the mind of an accomplished composer and performer.
The first cut on the album, "SHHH!!! (The Band is Trying to Play)" is the song I’ve been waiting for. As a semi-regular attendee of the jazz club scene, nothing stirs my ire more than people who talk while the band is playing. Gordon has obviously witnessed the same thing, and wrote the song following a Saturday night gig performing it the very next day in two sets. This cut begins the album, but the song itself isn’t complete until the final cut, "Hush Yo’ Mouf."
The album itself features a trombone and tenor sax frontline, giving each cut heft by spending a great deal of time in the bass clef. All of the cuts on the album feature the great pairing of the trombone and tenor sax, with notable cuts such as "Blooz Hymn" bringing a soulful and solemn frame of mind to the listener. The cover of John Coltrane’s "Mister P.C." features a great bass solo as the open followed by a solid treatment of the Coltrane classic.
Cone’s Coup is a great album for jazz enthusiasts as well as newcomers to jazz who want to get their feet wet in the straight-ahead subgenre of the art. It features fantastic interaction between each player on the album and is sure to please the hard-core classic or straight-ahead jazz aficionado.