Last Call Review: Tyler Gilmore's Ninth and Lincoln with Cuong Vu / Static Line / Dazzle Recordings

Mar 17, 2012

Hope and despair walk hand in hand with anyone who has experienced life on the front lines or who has had a family member away in combat. A new recording from Tyler Gilmore's Ninth and Lincoln explores these themes for modern audiences in "Static Line". 

Featuring the often startling and explosive trumpet artistry of Cuong Vu, the new disc presents reworkings of "We'll Meet Again" and "I'll be Seeing You", songs that were huge hits during the World War II era. Their poignancy is further revealed by imaginative harmonies that take the listener to their emotional core. Other selections include "Soldiering" which is based on the lyrics to "When This Bloody War is Over" and the melody of the hymn "What a Friend We have in Jesus". Interestingly, the band presents a selection named after the hero to Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut's classic novel about the horrors of war, "Ode to Billy Pilgrim", which further explores the mood of wartime. 

Based out of Denver, Colorado, this forward looking musical ensemble explores the frontiers of big band composition. Led by Tyler Gilmore, a noted composer of jazz and modern classical music, the ensemble's new recording will not disappoint those interested in a modern big band sound. Tyler Gilmore has written and conducted for big band, studio orchestra, symphonic wind ensemble, string quartet and brass quintet. Gilmore won the 2009 ASCAP/Columbia College Commission in Honor of Hank Jones and won the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010. His music has been performed by Jon Faddis’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Bobby Watson and The UMKC Concert Jazz Ensemble. The University of Northern Colorado Jazz Band I, The Playground Ensemble, and The Henry Mancini Institute Overture Orchestra, among others. Tyler grew up in rural Wyoming, studied music at the University of Northern Colorado and is now based in Boston. In the Winter of 2010 he was an artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska.

Static Line is worth adding to your record library as a compelling example of modern big band music at its best.