I was listening to this today, great stuff and what a line up - I see Wycliffe Gordan (I wish he would sing more on his records, he's got that gospel voice.) and Scotty Barnhart on trombone there.
The question I wanted to ask is about Scotty. I don't know much about him - have you heard this album or would you recommend something else that he has played on? ¬
Okay well you finally managed to stump me. While I am quite familiar with Wycliffe Gordon, I am not familiar with Scotty Barnhart. I imagine that my unfamiliarity with Barnhart is because, based on his listing on All Music, he is mostly a session player rather than a leader. On the other hand, Gordon is great session player, a fine leader and excellent composer and arranger (Gordon did many arrangement for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra while he was member of that group).
For some reason there are several jazz trombone players who are also great arrangers - Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Brookmeyer and Melba Liston are just three examples of this phenomena.
Brookmeyer had a long career that featured many great arrangements for Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis to name but a few.
Melba Liston is primarily known for her many great arrangements for pianist and band leader Randy Weston although she also did arrangements for Quincy Jones, Johnny Griffin and Milt Jackson.
I'm sorry if I appear to be "showing off" my jazz knowledge but jazz is so much more than the few Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Bill Evans and Dave Brubeck recordings that always get mentioned in "jazz recommendations" threads.
Check out Liston's great arrangements on Randy Weston's 1993 recording "The Spirits of Our Ancestors"
and for a taste of Brookmeyer tasty arrangements check out "Gerry Mulligan and the Concert Jazz Band at the Village Vanguard" recorded in 1961
As always, Enjoy!
And please listen responsibly