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Clifton Anderson: And So We Carry On

img  Tobias Fischer

Definitely some jazz history afoot here: Anderson received his first trombone as a gift from his uncle, Sonny Rollins.

And Rollins-ness itself is afoot as well: Anderson's trombone runs, particularly when he's rattling off deeply ingrained traditional melodies like the ones from "Tomorrow" from Annie, are breezy, carefree and off-the-cuff, more rhetorical than showoff-ish. This LP – Anderson's 3rd as a leader – comprises a gathering of friends rather than hired hands, Warren Wolf's vibraphone getting a lot of room to lend an air of oldschool-ness to the sound, Monty Alexander doing pretty much the same with his piano.

Nothing new here – the originals are right in line with the three covers – but no backward steps by the same token; with little effort, Anderson has put together a formidable go-to record for unhurried background bliss.

By Eric Saeger

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