Denny Zeitlin trio's Live at Mezzrow scheduled for the summer

Do the build-up first, and if you can you'll be in for a treat. I'd recommend these Denny Zeitlin tracks to begin so if you are unfamiliar with the pianist you can quickly gain some insights as you dip into some of his past recordings and then move …

Published: 6 May 2020. Updated: 2 years.

Do the build-up first, and if you can you'll be in for a treat. I'd recommend these Denny Zeitlin tracks to begin so if you are unfamiliar with the pianist you can quickly gain some insights as you dip into some of his past recordings and then move into the present.

From Carnival (released in 1964)

From Zeitgeist (1967)

Then leaping down the decades deliciously you get to the Strayhorn-Ellington lead-off 'Isfahan' recorded last year in New York, from Zeitlin's new trio album recorded in very atmospheric detail by the sound of it at serious jazz head connoisseurs haunt Mezzrow, the pianist with the great Buster Williams (Asante, The Moon Trane, Mwandishi etc) on bass and Matt Wilson (check him on Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra album Time/Life on drums. [You might also want to listen highly relevantly to As Long As There's Music from the late-1990s, Slickrock and Trio in Concert from the noughties, and Stairway to the Stars the most recently released of these.] I have included the classic Ellington version too of 'Isfahan' from The Far East Suite (released in 1967) and you're all good to go. Issuing label Sunnyside will be releasing the album from which the track is drawn in June and note that the trio first came together in 2001, Zeitlin since then juggling gigging and recording with his other work as a psychiatrist.

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What is Ambrose Akinmusire's On The Tender Spot Of Every Calloused Moment like?

Think about that key word 'calloused': the pain, the friction, a sore, the hardening. The hurt. Ambrose Akinmusire has an incredibly pure trumpet sound, a big range and when he penetrates the really high regions he manages not just to middle every …

Published: 5 May 2020. Updated: 2 years.

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Think about that key word 'calloused': the pain, the friction, a sore, the hardening. The hurt.

Ambrose Akinmusire has an incredibly pure trumpet sound, a big range and when he penetrates the really high regions he manages not just to middle every note but to find an interpretative voice, like an actor finds a new character and that is why there is so much drama to his work with his longstanding band, drummer Justin Brown, pianist Sam Harris and bassist Harish Raghavan.

He is a tragedian. In that mask there is a life wisdom and you get that on this important record which is to be released in June.

To pick one tiny detail that enlarges to reveal a vista: 'Roy' like a hymn is gorgeous. It is a tribute to Roy Hargrove and like the whole record knows the meaning of the blues and yet it's the blues you've never heard in your life before and works on so many different levels, often a highly avant garde statement yet delivered by using a communicative method expressed through the discipline of improvisation inherent in the freedom and DNA of jazz, that thing about hurt, and triumph over it, runs through the album like a watermark.

Stephen Graham

Ambrose Akinmusire top. Photo: via Blue Note