Jennifer Wharton – Grit & Grace (2023)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 01:01:00 minutes | 1,24 GB | Genre: Jazz
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In a 2019 article, Forbes Magazine decreed that the two characteristics women need most to thrive in the business world are “grit and grace.” Bass trombonist Jennifer Wharton has exemplified those qualities in the music she’s made with her brass-forward band Bonegasm since its 2019 debut. How else to explain Wharton’s venture into improvising and bandleading after years in the classical world, big band sections and Broadway orchestra pits? Or her dedication to giving the oft-neglected trombone – and more to the point, her own bass trombone – its place in the spotlight? And not least, that she’s done so with a tricky balance of elegant arrangements, bold musicianship, and audacious wit?
On her third outing with Bonegasm, Grit & Grace (due out October 20, 2023 via Sunnyside), Wharton demonstrates both attributes brilliantly on a vibrant and thrilling collection of new music, played with rousing vigor by the stellar ensemble: Wharton on bass trombone, along with trombonists John Fedchock, Nate Mayland and Alan Ferber, pianist Michael Eckroth, bassist Evan Gregor, drummer Don Peretz and, on half the tracks, percussionist Samuel Torres.
“That Forbes article really resonated with me,” Wharton says. “Here I am, a woman playing a ‘man’s instrument’ in jazz, which I started relatively late. I was looking for a way to make music mean more to me, so when I discovered I could have something of my own it changed my whole outlook on music. I just decided to put on my big girl pants and do this.”
1-1. Jennifer Wharton – Be Normal (05:20)
1-2. Jennifer Wharton – In Our Darkest Hour (07:10)
1-3. Jennifer Wharton – Anita (05:42)
1-4. Jennifer Wharton – Mama’s Alright (05:05)
1-5. Jennifer Wharton – Norhala (06:46)
1-6. Jennifer Wharton – Uncertainty (06:30)
1-7. Jennifer Wharton – Menina Sozinha (06:20)
1-8. Jennifer Wharton – Virtual Reality (05:46)
1-9. Jennifer Wharton – La Bruja (05:48)
1-10. Jennifer Wharton – Coop’s Condiments (06:27)