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Reggie Watkins

Reggie Watkins is one of the most accomplished and soulful jazz trombonists of his generation. Avid Admirer: The Jimmy Knepper Project, his third album as a bandleader, provides swinging, straight-ahead, musically challenging evidence of that assertion. Watkins had long admired fellow trombonist Jimmy Knepper, particularly his many recordings with Charles Mingus. The two men didnt know each other, but Knepper saw Watkins perform with Maynard Fergusons Big Bop Nouveau Band and the Wheeling, West Virginia Symphony at the final concert he attended prior to succumbing to complications of Parkinsons disease in June 2003. The older musician, who had been a member of Fergusons band a half century earlier, complimented Watkins after the concert and shook his hand.I thought it was cool to just stand there together for a while, Watkins recalls. Kneppers widow Maxine and Watkinss mother Liz met at a Wheeling church a decade later and soon realized that each had a trombonist in her family. Following Maxines death in 2014, her and Jimmys daughter Robin Knepper Mahonen donated her dads large collection of musical instruments, including his prized Bach Stradivarius 36 trombone, to Watkins as a way to, she writes in the notes for Avid Admirer, give them a voice again. Avid Admirer is a magnificent result of Mahonens generous gift. Set for release on Matt Parkers BYNK label, it features the trombone virtuoso giving voice to eight of Kneppers original compositions, as well as to Goodbye, a Gordon Jenkins ballad that Knepper had been especially fond of playing. Parker, the brilliant saxophonist who co-produced the disc with Watkins, alternates between soprano and tenor. Orrin Evans and Tuomo Uusitalo take turns at the piano. Bassist Steve Whipple and drummer Reggie Quinerly round out the quintet. They are New Yorkers all, save for the leader, who was born and raised in Wheeling and has long been based in Pittsburgh. Ive always been a serious Charles Mingus fan and became aware o
August 31, 2016
August 31, 2016
SOUTH Jazz Parlor 600 N Broad St. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130 United States
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