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To that end, Gilmore has recruited some of the area's finest players for Ninth and Lincoln, like saxophonists Wil Swindler, Peter Sommer and Mark Harris, trumpeters Brad Goode and Kevin Whalen, guitarist Matt Fuller, vibraphonist Greg Harris and drummer Paul Romaine.
Adding Vu as a special guest on Static Line was a no-brainer. The trumpeter has been a huge inspiration for Gilmore, who is a trumpet player himself, having taken up the instrument during his college days at the University of Northern Colorado. That's also where he first started getting into composing and arranging for big band. After hearing Vu's 2000 album, Pure, Gilmore was blown away, and subsequently became an obsessive fan. When writing songs for Static Line, Gilmore thought about the duality that exists in Vu's sound.
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"There's a really melodic sense that's very vocal and accessible," he says. "The melodies he writes and sounds best on are just simple and really kind of poppy, and then he goes in entirely the opposite direction. He has this huge range to get to this thing that sounds like screaming. It kind of reminds me of Chino Moreno of the Deftones. It's so melodic, and then he can just belt it out.
"I always liked that idea of having such a wide textural palette," he continues. "And within that, he has a harmonic concept in his improvisation that I found really interesting. It's not really, like, tonally based, but more sort of intervallic-based. And so when I was getting into writing this album, I was wanting to do a lot of that same kind of intervallic stuff. I wrote a lot of situations in the album that I felt like I could throw him into and he would just swim right though them."
Intuitively, of course.
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