Joe Gil

Joe Gil is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He started playing the trombone in sixth grade. Many people have asked me why I chose the trombone. “ The main reason was that when I was in grade school they needed people for the band. I knew if I took band I could get out of other classes for private lessons. So I thought this was a great idea. I had the choice of playing tuba, baritone or the trombone. The trombone was the smallest and easiest to carry so it was a no brainer”.

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Pulsifier’s Blog - Jazz, The Heartbeat for the World! September 26, 2008 Pulsifier’s Picks: “Fresh” Jazz Releases September 26, 2008

Another outstanding recent release is Joe Gil’s Breathe Deep and Enter Carefully. What’s fresh here is a combination of instrumentation and composition. Joe’s on trombone, leading a quartet of guitar, piano, bass and drums. There may be a fusion element with rock here, but it’s clearly straight-ahead jazz with a difference. One would think the brassy ‘bone would dominate, or take extensive solos. But not Joe Gil - he leads, blends, makes it work

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