At the end of 2011, there where some exception jazz recordings released. Case in point, this remarkable funk laced gem by trombonist Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio debuts with his extraordinary album on Motéma Music titled “The 11th Gate.” I’m sure that most listener’s that encounter “The 11th Gate” is stunned by the power, finesse, dexterity, and energy released throughout these electrifying voices on this dynamic new recording by Dennis Rollins. As music aficionados, you simply don’t want to miss out on this jewel!–Rob Young | The Urban Flux
Dennis Rollins Velocity Trio -][- The 11th Gate (MP3) – [Motéma Music, 2011]
On his Motéma debut, the torrentially talented multi-award winning British-Jamaican jazz and funk star, Dennis Rollins (of Maceo Parker band fame), and his Velocity Trio, unleash their imaginations on The 11th Gate , with compositions ranging from terra- firma straight-ahead jazz, funk and ‘choral gospel’ horns.
“Irresistible: take The 11th Gate at the first opportunity” – Jazzwise
[Biography] – Born in Birmingham, England in 1964 of Jamaican parents, Dennis cut his teeth at the age of 14 studying and performing with The Doncaster Youth Jazz Association. After years of concentrated study Dennis moved to London where his unique approach to the instrument was immediately and appreciatively recognized resulting in numerous offers of work.
In the ensuing years Dennis further honed his formidable talent performing with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (NYJO) and the legendary all-black jazz big band, The Jazz Warriors.
Dennis’ reputation as an artist of excellence who is comfortable performing many genres of music has resulted in his working with some of this country’s and, indeed, the world’s top jazz and pop personalities. Consequently, Dennis has toured the world extensively. Though appreciated for his distinctive approach to the trombone, Dennis’ style has often been compared to that of the great Fred Wesley.
In 1995 Dennis launched his own band, Dee Roe, much to the delight of funk, jazz and fusion aficionados. Though Dee Roe performed in venues such as The Jazz Café, Ronnie Scott’s London, The Forum and Brixton Academy personal reasons caused Dennis to disband the group in 1997.
The five piece Dennis Rollins’ Bad Bone and Co. (launched at the Barbican March, 2000) is the culmination of Dennis’ vast experience as a respected bandleader and producer. With Bad Bone & Co. Dennis demonstrates a unique and exciting approach to the under-rated trombone proving that it can be an exciting front-line instrument. His high energy, groove-based funky dance music -with jazz overtones – appeals to audiences of all ages.
Dennis Rollins captured live available via YouTube, this is no doubt some serious jammin’ going down on this set.