Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton - Release Countdown Day 3, Trumpet Section: Greg Gisbert

Greg Gisbert is yet another world class musician in the trumpet section for Clockwise: The Music of Cedar Walton. His resume reads like a dream. Greg attended Berklee College of Music for a year before being offered a spot in Buddy Rich's band. After playing with Rich from 1985-1986, we went on to work with Woody Herman's Big band under Frank Tiberi's direction (1987 - 1989), John Fedchock and Maria Schneider, Gary Burton (1989), Lew Anderson (1989) and Toshiko Akiyoshi (1989 and subsequently). In the 1990's, he played with Mingus Epitaph (1990 - 1992), Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Mickey Tucker and Buck Clayton (1991), Danny D'Imperio (1991) Norman Simmons (1992), John Hicks (1992). More recent recordings and performances include Roy Hargrove, Maria Schneider, and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. Greg has three albums as a leader on the Criss Cross label. 

Greg is someone who is equally adept as a lead player and improviser. His impressive discography a reflects this. It was a stroke of good luck for me (and all musicians) to have Greg living in Denver when I moved to town. I tried to hear him as much as I could. I have a lot of fond memories of watching him play at Herbs with Pat Bianchi. Greg is also a great mentor. He hired me to play a weekly session that he hosted at El Chapultepec Too. I learned so much playing with him. He was patient, instructive, and always willing to play and to teach. Greg was also kind enough to play on one my small group recordings Second Introduction OA2 Records. On Clockwise, Greg plays two stunning solos on Fiesta Español and Black (which has some incredible trading with Terell Stafford).

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