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Tom Gullion

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Born: 1965    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Saxophonist Tom Gullion brings a deep, soulful performance style, a sophisticated avant-garde sensibility, and a quicksilver technique. Now, at the peak of his musical maturity, he is launching several new projects: a solo CD Catharsis, the ground-breaking group, Aspect Jazz featuring percussionist Ernie Adams, Chicago, and has even found time to organize the Driftless Jazz Festival in Southwestern Wisconsin. “Humbly walking in the footsteps of Sonny Rollins and other who have taken time for reflection in their careers, I've found my path is to bring music to the people. And that's exactly what these new projects are about.”

Carswell Reviews

Kevin Lynch voted Carswell as one of the top 10 new releases of 2009!

”...one of the most consistently strong jazz records to come out this year.” by Pico

”In Carswell, not only does Tom Gullion play one sophisticated, angular, and inspired trad-n-fusiony sax (and occasional flute), he also gives his crew a hell of a lot of latitude to roust the hell out of each cut.” by Mark S. Tucker

”A solid, muscular work from another hot player that's simply bubbling under and getting hotter all the time.”

”What struck me about most of the compositions here is that it seemed like traditional paths were avoided: solos might occur just about anywhere. None of the usual head/chorus/solos/head pattern. It's that kind of (lack of) structure that can make an album seem fresh on repeated listens.” by Mark Saleski

with JJ Johnson's 1988 Quintet Louisville Courier-Journal, Nov 7, 1987, Gene Williams ”...22 year-old Tom Gullion, a student of David Baker's at Indiana University, who showed immense talent and poise on both tenor and soprano saxophone and on the flute.” “Johnson and Gullion played crisply together and then [Gullion] saluted the jazz hertiage of Indy with a swinging, scintillating solo.”

From an Leonard Feather interview with JJ ”...one of the young lions. A real monster.”

Europe El Pais (Spain), 1992 ”...don't lose track of this musician!”

Education David N. Baker ”A great player and good dude.”

Focus on the Arts, Highland Park High School, IL, 1989 ”The students and adults we talked to were delighted with your performance and clinic.”

As a Leader

Carswell
Momentous Records
2009
Tracks: Carswell, Monkey's Tale, Hot Tin Roof, Mellowing, Overflowing, Right On Time, Another Place And Time, Futureproof, Uptown
Personnel: Tom Gullion (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet), David Cooper (trumpet and flugelhorn), Tim Whalen, Vijay Tellis-Nayak (piano), Mark Urness, Shawn Sommer (bass), Dane Richeson, Ernie Adams (drums and percussion)


Catharsis
Self Produced
2006
Tracks: Begin Again, Crossing the River, Blues for What Might Have Been Pure Essence, Aeolia, Green Fields, Blues for All of Us, Things Lost / A Few Choice Words, Orion and Sirius, Meditative, Waxing Rhapsodically
Personnel: Tom Gullion (saxophones, flute, bass clarinet, programming)


Greens and Blues
Naim
2003
Tracks: Lonnie's Lament, Danza, Nite Flite, Greens and Blues, Positive Thoughts, You Don't Know What Love Is, Blues Danzon, Gunpowder Pinhead, Lament
Personnel: Tom Gullion (saxophones), John Moulder (guitar), Rob Amster (bass), Steve Gillis (drums)


Cat's Cradle
Naim
1999
Tracks: Ting Jing, The Presence of Sincerity, Pete And Repeat, Aeolia, Wise One, Invitation, Cat's Cradle
Personnel: Tom Gullion (saxophones), John Moulder (guitar), Rob Amster (bass), Paul Wertico (drums)

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