Audiophile Review weighs in on Always Forward from the Marshall Gilkes & WDR Big Band

New Music for November 16

Artist: Marshall Gilkes WDR Big Band – “Always Forward”

Label:  Alternate Side Records

When I was a teenager had anyone told me I would someday like Big Band Music I would have thought him or her deranged. I mean, that’s what my parents liked, not me. Yet here I am, all grown up and finding that I do indeed, like Big Band Music. Such is the case with the new release from bandleader Marshall Gilkes. Consisting of fifteen musicians and ten original tracks all composed and arranged by Gilkes, what this release contains is about an hour, more or less, of music that not only would your parents probably like, but you will as well if big band is your thing. I found “Always Forward” to have tight orchestrations, great energy with somber moments and soaring ones following closely behind. All in all, this work is very well done and certainly pays homage to the magnificent groups of the 1940’s.

Overall: 8.5 Sonics 8

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